Polk County's Riley Ballentine

Davis sees continued growth in Polk’s loss to R-S Central

Polk County tennis coach Richard Davis couldn’t have been more positive about a defeat.

Yes, the Wolverines dropped an 8-1 decision Tuesday to R-S Central in a Mountain Foothills 7 Conference boys tennis match at Polk, the loss the first for Polk (5-2, 2-1) in conference action.

And, yes, the Hilltoppers proved as good as expected, winning five of six singles matches and sweeping doubles play.

But the manner in which the afternoon unfolded is what drove Davis’ post-match optimism.

“Every match played had numerous deuce and ads that had gone our way and could have made a difference in the entire match,” Davis said. “I’m extremely proud of the way we handled ourselves on the court against a highly experienced R-S squad.

“They were as good as advertised and the exciting thing is we were right there in every match and had chances to win games. It was another day of growth for our tennis team.”

Riley Ballentine scored the lone win of the day for Polk County at No. 6 singles.

The two teams are slated to meet again Wednesday, though rain is likely to force the match to shift to next week. Davis said the rematch will be good for his developing squad.

“No loss is ever good, but I definitely think we have gained some confidence from the close matches played,” he said. “There’s a lot of tennis season left and I’m hoping that we can rebound and keep pushing forward.”

1. Trevor Coldren (RS) d. Banks Barber 6-2, 6-3; 2. Jackson Knox (RS) d. Jack Smith 6-2, 6-4; 3. Landon Sims (RS) d. Thaddeus Ruff 7-5, 6-2; 4. Riley Coldren (RS) d. Eric Avellaneda 6-3, 6-3; 5. Nathan Millette (RS) d. Gabe Alvarado 7-5, 6-2; 6. Riley Ballentine (PC) d. Aiden Wheeler 6-4, 6-1.

1. T. Coldren-Knox (RS) d. Barber-Smith 6-3; 2. Sims-R. Coldren (RS) d. Ruff-Avellaneda 6-1; 3. Millette-Wheeler (RS) d. Alvarado-Ballentine 6-4.