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The new-look Tiger tennis team pushed Nixa to the limit, but fell 5-4 in a COC match on the road Thursday. <a href=”http://www.republictigersports.com/tag/Brett-Carpenter/”>Brett Carpenter</a> made his debut in the varsity lineup after playing well in a series of challenge matches against teammates earlier in the week. He advanced from #8 in the lineup to #4. <a href=”http://www.republictigersports.com/tag/Hunter-Creek/”>Hunter Creek</a> also moved up a spot, to #3.

Republic won just one of three doubles matches, with <a href=”http://www.republictigersports.com/tag/Case-Birlew/”>Case Birlew</a> and Creek winning in the #1 slot. Birlew, Creek, and <a href=”http://www.republictigersports.com/tag/Isaac-Jordan/”>Isaac Jordan</a> were singles winners.

Coach <a href=”http://www.republictigersports.com/tag/Dan-Vales/”>Dan Vales</a> says Carpenter’s hard work has been an example for the rest of the team this week.

“Including challenges, Brett has played 8 matches this week, and yet when our bus pulled up when we got home from Nixa, Brett was already back out the courts putting more work in,” Vales says. “We are going to keep having that kind of work ethic as a team to get us back in the hunt for COC and district titles this season.”

Republic’s varsity is back in action next Thursday against Glendale. The JV will have a match against Ozark on Wednesday.

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