Pam Pack tennis powers through Farmville Central

Published 10:43 pm Thursday, March 20, 2014




Another week’s worth of inclement weather has washed away most of the Pam Pack’s practice time, but the team continued to stay hot on Thursday at home, taking care of business against Farmville Central, 8-1.

Junior Connor Wilkins, who has yet to drop a set this season, started the day off for the Pam Pack with a quick 6-2, 6-0 win over the Jaguars’ No. 1 threat, Cristian Garcia. Wilkins kept the errors to a minimum and executed running cross-court shots, unremittingly keeping his opponent on the run.

Like Wilkins, sophomore Holt McKeithan is also kept his undefeated streak alive with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Farmville Central’s Skylar Coburn. McKeithan improves his overall to 8-0 with victories in 11 of 13 sets on the young season.

Luke Ainswoth and Eric Crozier had to battle for a win in their matches. Matched up against Farmville Central’s Peyton Drake, Ainsworth went shot-for-shot in the first set, but fell 6-7. The Pam Pack senior came battled back and went up a break in the second set, taking it 6-4. In a prolonged third set, Ainsworth and Drake continued to trade rallies, but in the end, it was Ainsworth out finished on top with a 10-8 third-set victory. Against Caleb Leggett, Crozier had a similar result, winning 10-8 in the third set to improve his personal record to 4-4.

Freshmen Zack Pagnani and Ben McKeithan would easily take care of their opponents in straight sets.

“We improved in singles,” said head coach Miranda Whitney. “A lot of the matches were a lot quicker this time. A couple of the guys who went into tiebreaks last time didn’t this time.”

The nimble duo of Wilkins and Ainsworth teamed up in doubles. The pair dominated their opponents and finished them off in less than 20 minutes, 8-0. The Pam Pack’s best tennis talents will have to weigh their options come regionals and decide whether or not they want to continue as a pair or compete in individually singles.

Ainsworth and Crozier supplied the only Pam Pack loss on the day in their doubles match, 2-8, while the freshman pulled off a remarkable comeback in their match, winning 11-9 in the set tiebreaker.

“This weather has just been so bad,” said Whitney. “I really hope the weather will give us a break, so we can get into a rhythm and finish out the season.”

Washington will face Edenton Holmes on the road Monday at 4 p.m.