For The Tribune

The Seymour boys tennis team dropped its first match of the year 4-1 against Providence on Thursday at home.

The Owls struggled to keep up with the hard-hitting Providence team and Owls coach Jennifer Miller said the team was one of the hardest on the schedule.

“Providence is one of the best teams — outside of Jeffersonville — that we will play this season,” she said, noting that the team lost to a strong Floyd Central team the night before.

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Miller added that the team also had a lot of experience in competing in the region.

The only Owl to secure a win was Adam Berry at No. 3 singles, defeating Providence’s Joe Denis 6-4, 6-4.

Miller said the win should be a confidence booster for Berry.

“He’s a sophomore, and he’s a returning varsity player and to just be able to finish in two sets and dictate the points that he wanted to was just a really good match for him,” she said.

The Owls couldn’t establish much of a rhythm as Alex Berry dropped his match 6-1, 6-3 to the Pioneers’ Nick Boesing at No. 1 singles.

Miller said she was happy with the way Berry competed through a tough opponent.

“Alex played a phenomenal opponent tonight and he had some really nice points tonight, he just couldn’t string enough of them together to get the games in,” she said. “I think this gives him some things to try to focus on and work on between now and next week.”

At No. 2 singles, Seymour’s Ty McCory dropped his match 6-0, 6-2 to Carson Corrico.

“I think Ty did pretty well and he was playing their typical three singles and the style of play was different and wasn’t exactly at his comfort level,” Miller said. “He played hard and aggressive until the last game, so I think he did well.”

The Owls dropped both matches at number one and two doubles.

Seymour’s Grant Handloser and Johnny Rennekamp lost 6-3, 6-1 against Zach Rowe and James Solis at number one doubles.

Sam Schmidt and Isaac Hardin fell 6-0, 6-0 to Providence’s Adam Starr and Aaron Agtuca at number two doubles.