Before HRV boys tennis traveled to Hermiston on Tuesday, April 10 for its first conference match of the season, they were at home on Monday, April 9 versus La Salle.
The boys struggled against La Salle.
HRV dropped seven of its eight matches on Monday, with the only win coming at number one singles.
Vaughn Reardon, a freshman for HRV, was the only Eagle to come out with a win versus La Salle, beating Nico Hey in a three-match series.
Reardon took the first set by a score of 6-2, but would fall in the following set by a score of 1-6.
In the final set, Reardon would edge out Hey by a final of 6-4 for the victory.
The 7-1 team loss against La Salle gave the Eagles their first loss of the season to move to 3-1.
But the boys would respond the following day with an impressive team performance in Hermiston.
HRV took victories in six of eight singles and doubles matches to move to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in league play.
In singles, HRV swept Hermiston in all four matches, with Reardon leading the way for HRV.
Reardon, in the number one singles match, beat Hayden C. of Hermiston by final scores of 6-0 in both sets.
Sawyer Bogard took care of Hermiston’s Jason Morris with no problems as he won in two sets, 6-0 and 6-1.
The number three singles match would go the distance.
Carson Schutt, a junior for HRV, went to a three-set series against Jaiden Ruloph.
Schutt would win the first set 6-4, but Ruloph dominated in the second, winning 6-1 to set up an overtime set.
In the third set, Schutt and Ruloph would go back-and-forth early on, but Schutt would ultimately come away with the 10-5 match win to take the victory over Ruloph.
Jacob Kaplan, a freshman for HRV, closed out the singles matches with a 6-0 and 6-1 victory over Isaac Lamberto in the number four singles match.
In doubles, the Eagles took victories in second and fourth.
Luke Harter and Arnulfo Perez beat Hermiston’s number two doubles team in two sets.
Harter and Perez opened the first set with a 6-1 victory. The second set would take an extra-point to decide the victory, but Harter and Perez would come away with the 7-5 match win.
At fourth in doubles competition was Jay Fielder and Josh Humann for HRV.
Fielder and Humann went down early, losing in set one by a final of 6-2.
The second set would be close, but ultimately the boys form HRV would prevail and take a 6-4 win in the second set.
In the final set, Fielder and Humann completed the comeback winning by a final of 10-5 for the HRV victory.
Number one singles, Adam Harter and Ben Fick, lost to Hermiston’s number one squad by a final of 6-1 and 6-3.
Number three singles, Reece Carroll and Stefan Salmer, lost to Hermiston’s number three in a three-set series, 7-6 (Hermiston – 13), 6-4 (HRV) and 10-7 (Hermiston).
Overall, the Eagles came away with the team victory in “a good win versus Hermiston before our matchup with The Dalles,” said head coach Jon Hiatt.
The matchup versus The Dalles is Tuesday, April 17; start time at 4 p.m. at the Tsuruta Tennis Courts.