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Eastside splits with Alcovy
Eagles boys win 4-1; Lady Tigers on top 4-1

COVINGTON - Whatever adjustments are being made by the Eastside boys and the Alcovy girls tennis teams appear to be working as they won their matches 4-1 Thursday.

Boys

Eastside 4, Alcovy 1

Being early in the season and still not having played their first region match, Eastside (2-2) boys coach Brian Saffold is using this time to see who works well in what position and who needs to be reshuffled.

"We've had to experiment out of necessity," he said. "Two players are gone so we moved our No. 2 up to No. 1 singles and we moved our No. 2 doubles."

After Alcovy (1-4) tied the match 1-1 with a tiebreaker win at No. 1 singles, Eastside won the remaining matches for the 4-1 victory.

Eastside took an early 1-0 lead when Pearson Cunningham and Egan Kelly-Burnett handled Alcovy's Conner Avery and Linden Gonzalez 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles.

In a match which was decided by tiebreaker, it was Alcovy's Zach Bowers taking the match 6-7, 6-0, 10-8 over Josh Miller.

"It felt good to get that No. 1 doubles win and that No. 1 singles could have gone either way," Saffold said. "It went the other way, but it was a great match. I feel (Miller) built a lot of confidence in his game."

Micha East's 6-2, 7-5 win over Jay Anderson gave Eastside a 2-1 advantage before the Eagles put it away with a win at No. 2 doubles in the third set.

Eastside's Luke Gilbert and Chris Elliott won the first game 6-4 before Matthew McNeil and Jay Locklair tied the match with a 6-3 win before Eastside won it in the tiebreaker.

"That tiebreaker was pretty large. We jumped out to a 3-0 lead then they let Alcovy back to 3-2 then reeled off seven straight points to win it 10-2," Saffold said. "I feel they built a lot of confidence especially heading into region play next week."

At No. 3 singles, it was Varn Cunningham beating Ryan Azar 6-0, 6-4.

Girls

Alcovy 4, Eastside 1

Eastside (1-3) took the early lead over Alcovy (2-3) with a 6-2, 6-4 win by Alison Miller over Regan Bowers.

However, the Eagles' lead did not last long as Alcovy tied the match with a 1-6, 7-5, 10-8 win by Jordan Shull and Stephanie Waits over Destiny McCrorey and Ashley Ralston at No. 1 doubles.

With the matches tied at 1-1, Alcovy took the lead at No. 2 singles before the the No. 2 doubles won the match for Alcovy.

"Both of those have been back and forth flipping at No. 2 singles. But Leah will be the No. 1 singles from now on. She's 3-0 and has proven herself and is really consistent. She had some really good strokes and good serves," Alcovy girls coach Marcia Lynn Johnson-Watkins said.

Anderson put Alcovy in the lead with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Eryn Wyatt before Ashley Alvarez and Lea McDonald beat Mary Anne Fearnow and Nan Bowden 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 to give Alcovy the outright victory.

"We won the second singles and pulled off the two doubles. I was really scared there for a little while. But they did really good," Johnson-Watkins said.

"I'm glad they ended up coming back. They showed perseverance They didn't get down after that first set and both of them came back."

Kimberly Rary completed the four-game sweep with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Amanda Hawkins at No. 3 singles.

"I'm still exploring and try to tweak the doubles and even the singles. They're not set yet," Johnson-Watkins said. "I like what I've seen so far. This makes the third match this week so they haven't had a lot of time to practice."