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Boys Varsity Tennis · Tennis Boys—-Drop match to Hendersonville 6-1. Play at Beech today April 25

HENDERSONVILLE — The objective was clear for the Wilson Central Wildcats.  With a victory, the boys would be a win away from claiming a regular season district title.

Unfortunately, the boys struggled to cash in at big moments falling 6-1.

Wilson Central (5-1 in District 9-AAA, 9-1 overall), looked to start out hot out of the gates, but the senior duo of Akbar Rahmani and Houston Wood never got on track as the top ranked Wildcat team lost an 8-1 decision to Jackson Kinsler and Brady Rucks.

Looking to salvage a split in doubles, junior Andrew Denning and sophomore Michael Mercante held a 5-4 lead at number two doubles, but lost four of the next five games to drop an 8-6 decision to Jared Burns and Garrett Franklin.

At number two singles, DSC_0106Wood battled and held a 5-4 lead in the first set, but missed opportunities on crucial points led to a 7-5 first set loss to Rucks before dropping the second set 6-0.

Mercante did give Wilson Central its lone win as the sophomore claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win at number one singles over Kinsler.

However, the match remained in a slide for the Wildcats as Rahmani lost a hard-fought 7-5 first set before dropping the next 6-0 to Burns at number three singles.

DSC_0118Denning fell 6-1, 6-2 at number four singles to Franklin, and junior Braden Hammer faltered late to Ben Darr at number five singles 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Wilson Central will be in action again on Tuesday 4/25 as they travel to Beech for their final regular season district matchup. The Wildcats will finish the regular season on Wednesday as they play host to Father Ryan.


Hendersonville boys 6, Wilson Central 1
1. Michael Mercante (W) d. Jackson Kinsler (H) 6-2, 6-2
2. Brady Rucks (H) d. Houston Wood (W) 7-5, 6-0
3. Jared Burns (H) d. Akbar Rahmani (W) 7-5, 6-0
4. Garrett Franklin (H) d. Andrew Denning (W) 6-1, 6-2
5. Ben Darr (H) d. Braden Hammer (W) 6-4, 7-6(4)
1. Kinsler/Rucks (H) d. Rahmani/Wood (W) 8-1
2. Burns/Franklin (H) d. Denning/Mercante (W) 8-6
Exhibition singles:
Sean Moran lost 8-5
Exhibition doubles
Hammer/Moran lost 8-2