WOOD RIVER — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers welcomed the Marquette Catholic Explorers boys' tennis team on Wednesday, but fell short on the court. The Explorers took the bragging rights back to Marquette with an 8-1 victory.
"Our kids are working hard and I'm proud of their continued progress," EA-WR head coach Joe Parmentier said. "We only have two seniors on the team, the rest are juniors and freshmen. We have a lot of experience to gain. I'm looking forward to good things for this team in the next year."
EA-WR senior Brett Gaines faced off in the No. 1 singles position against Marquette junior Nick Berkenbile. Berkenbile took the set 8-2.
Senior Travis Koogler earned the only win for the Oilers against Nick McCune with a score of 10-8 after going into a tiebreaker.
With a young squad, first year Marquette head coach Mike Walters was satisfied with his team's performance.
"I think we played pretty well," Walters said. "The kids came out and gave it their all. We did lose the No. 2, but our No. 2 has been a jinx for us all year. I don't think we as a team have won the No. 2 in singles all year. We're getting there."
Marquette's No. 3, Peter Wendel took an 8-2 victory over Jacob Mustain, while Tom Morrissey defeated D.J. Redden 8-1 in the No. 4 spot.
EA-WR's Ryan Sever fell to Marquette's Zach Hunter 8-3 at No. 5 and Mark Vitali prevailed 8-1 over Oiler junior Jimmy Harbison at No. 6 to round out the singles matchups.
The Explorers earned a clean sweep in doubles with Berkenbile and Claywell defeating Gaines and Koogler of EA-WR 8-3 in the No. 1 spot. With an 8-2 victory, Morrissey and Cousley bested EA-WR's young duo of Mustain and Redden in the No. 2 position.
Marquette made it three-for-three in doubles with an 8-1 win by Joe Segneri and Nathan Walters in the No. 3 spot.
With tennis running through the veins of Marquette's head coach, he feels the doubles may be his specialty.
"I knew how to play doubles before I really knew how to play singles," Walters said. "One of the things I did with my assistant coach Jim Claywell was focus on doubles. We may not have the strongest singles team at this time, but we can play doubles. That's what we're working on."
The Oilers and Explorers will have a few days off before hitting the courts on Monday. EA-WR will welcome Waterloo at 4 p.m. while Marquette will play host to Greenville at 4:30 p.m.