Aurora's first boys tennis season under coach Ray Perry came to an end this week, as the Houn' Dawgs were shut out in district play by Mt. Vernon.
The Houn' Dawgs fell 5-0 against the Mountaineers, falling in both singles matches -- Dalton Hess 6-1, 6-1 and James Francisco 6-1 and 6-0 -- and in all three doubles matches. The top pairing of Nick London and Xane Shirley lost 8-4, Hess and Angel Cruz fell 8-1, and Felix Barrientos-Perez and Francisco were beaten 8-3.
Prior to the district match, the team faced Thomas Jefferson, falling 9-0, and competed in the Big 8 Tournament.
The Dawgs went winless in the tournament, unable to advance in any of the brackets, but showed promise for improvement in seasons to come. Singles scores from the tournament included:1. London, 6-0 2. Hess, 6-1 3. Shirley, 6-2 4. Cruz, 6-0 5. Barrientos-Perez, 6-0 6. Francisco, 6-0
The top two doubles teams fell by 8-2 scores, to Logan-Rogersville and Nevada, respectively, while the number three pair lost 8-1 to Nevada.
As Perry stated at the beginning of the season, this year was not about wins for the Houn' Dawgs, but rather about learning the game and improving each time on the court. With a team of all underclassmen, the Dawgs should be back next year at full strength with a whole season of experience to build on.