COVINGTON - Rockdale opened its tennis season on the road Thursday, earning a split against Alcovy in Region 8-AAAA South play.
The Rockdale boys prevailed 3-2 over the Tigers, while the Alcovy girls took their match 3-2 to earn their first win of the season.
The close final scores were indicative of the close competition seen throughout the matches.
Kyle Jackson had no problems in boys No. 1 singles action as he beat Rockdale's Pathy Kuntry 6-0, 6-0.
Alcovy's Brandon Tisdale needed a tie breaker in the first set to defeat Sam Brotherton 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 at No. 2 singles, while Rockdale's Steve Rouk cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Linden Gonzalez from Alcovy at No. 3.
In boys doubles, Rockdale swept both matches with the team of David McCalley and Andrew Stover defeating Michael Hilderbrand and Zach Bowers 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1, while Mitch Granade and Jordan Jackson got the best of Aaron Fowler and Miguel Woods 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2.
First year Rockdale coach Dearl Stephens was pleased to get the win, a subregion win at that, in his first time out.
"I'm just happy we won," Stephens said. "We've been practicing all week and we were prepared today. My expectations are to just be consistent, because if we are consistent, we give ourselves a chance to win."
The girls matches were closely contested throughout. Three matches, including the decisive No. 2 doubles contest, went to third set tie breakers.
At No. 1 singles, Sherry Hall got it rolling for Alcovy, topping Sammy Girardot 6-1, 6-1.
Regan Bowers of Alcovy defeated Rachael Ceciliani 6-2, 4-6, 7-3 at No. 2 singles before Rockdale's Mequilla Franklin defeated Mary Wright 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3.
In girls No. 1 doubles, the Rockdale tandem of Laura McCart and Mei Lin dropped the first set to Ashley Alverez and Jordan Shull 4-6, before rallying to take the next two 6-2, 7-5.
Maycee Smith and Cassie Turner sealed the win for Alcovy, beating Lauren Stewart and Zuri Eshum 6-0, 6-7 (7-10), 7-3 at No. 2 doubles.
"We played a good match today," Alcovy girls coach Marsha Lynne Watkins said. "It came down to some really good competition between us and Rockdale. We got our first win, and a region win so we feel good right now."