On Wednesday, April 12, the Waynesburg University men’s tennis team traveled to Grove City for a Presidents’ Athletic Conference match.
The Wolverines defeated the Yellow Jackets 8-1. The Jackets’ record fell to 5-11 on the season and 2-4 in PAC play.
But the Yellow Jackets competed hard against the 26-time defending conference champs, Headlee said.
Head coach Ron Headlee said the team is young, as only three members of the team returned from last year with the rest of the roster new to the team.
Headlee said his plans have been to compete hard and continue to improve every day.
Sophomore Jonah Cooper was the lone winner for the Yellow Jackets on the day. Cooper fought back from an early 3-1 deficit in the first set to earn a 6-3, 6-1 triumph.
Headlee said Cooper, who has been a leader to the younger athletes this season, played very well. He said Cooper does well when he isn’t forcing things and is patient.
“When he stays patient, he can play with any of them,” Headlee.
Headlee also acknowledged senior Jordan Pastoria, who “had a good match” against his opponent, and sophomore Josh Denham, who “lost but played well” in his match.
The team has two more matches before the PAC Championships Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Headlee said he believes the last two matches are winnable for the Jackets, which would improve their season win total to seven.
“Jonah has a really good shot,” Headlee said looking at the upcoming PAC Championships. “Adam [McKnight] does well at the three spot…we’re just going in optimistic.”
Headlee continued that everyone will have the opportunity to participate.
“Everyone will get to play, the young guys will be able to get experience and then they’ll be able to build on that for next year,” said Headlee.
Waynesburg will play its next match Thursday, April 20, against PAC rival Geneva College. The match will start at 6 p.m.