HENDERSONVILLE – Last season, then Wilson Central freshman Caleb Brown needed a win to give his team a 4-3 win over Hendersonville.
Brown handily lost his match which gave the Commandos a 4-3 victory over the Wildcats.
Faced with the same scenario Monday night, Brown delivered with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Hendersonville junior Kevin Canes that gave Wilson Central a 4-3 win over the Commandos at Memorial Park.
A year ago, Brown was outmatch against a much better opponent. This year, Brown was able to control play throughout most of the match.
The situation was not lost on Brown who won five of the final six games after falling behind 4-1 in the second set.
“I was definitely thinking about last year (during the match), but I’ve thought about it a lot over the past year,” Brown said.
“It feels amazing for this to come around and me to be able to be in the situation again and to deliver.”
The match was very much in doubt with Hendersonville picking up a 3-1 lead after junior Jared Burns earned a 6-3, 1-6, 13-11 win over Michael Mercante at No. 1 singles.
Just before the Mercante’s loss, Wilson Central sophomore AJ Hughes fell to junior Brady Rucks 4-6, 7-5, 10-5.
The rest of the singles play was controlled by Wilson Central.
Freshman Sean Brown earned a 6-3, 7-5 win over junior Ben Dorr at three singles.
Wilson Central freshman Blaine Smith added to the total with a 6-1, 6-4 win over senior Patrick Franklin at No. 4 singles which set up Caleb Brown’s match-clinching point.
“Blaine’s court was going on beside me, and when I saw him win I was pumped, but then I realized that it was all on me,” Caleb Brown said.
“It’s a great effort by the team to pull this out, and I’m excited to get this win for the team.”
Wilson Central (7-1 in District 9-Large, 9-5 overall) split the doubles with Sean Brown and Smith pulling out a 9-7 win over Franklin and Rucks.
Hendersonville picked up a win at No. 1 doubles with Burns and Dorr dropping Hughes and Mercante 8-3.
On the girls’ side, Wilson Central suffered a 6-1 loss to district-leading Hendersonville.
Wilson Central (7-1, 12-2) dropped the doubles points, and the Lady Commandos grabbed momentum and carried through singles play.
Lady Wildcat junior Kiersten Moss earned the lone win for the Lady Wildcats with a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 win over junior Emory Creager at No. 4 singles.
“I feel like we physically competed hard, but our mental game wasn’t where it needed to be to compete with a good team like Hendersonville,” Wilson Central coach Ryan Jent said.
“We had opportunities on a few matches that we could have gotten the win on, but we came up short. Hendersonville had a lot to do with that though and credit to them.”
Hendersonville picked up the first point with juniors Bella Lodge and Lucy Sims earning an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles over seniors Sydney Miller and Savannah Westbrook.
Wilson Central senior Abby Moser and Moss had an early lead against Creagar and senior Katie Lee, but eventually fell 8-6 at two doubles.
Sims closed out Westbrook at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-1, while Lodge held off Miller 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
Lee defeated Moser 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, and Hendersonville senior Emily Williams earned a 6-2, 6-0 win at five singles over Kaylee Wilson.