Miss-Hits hit the mark
High school rivals join forces to win junior team tournament
Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.
There was never a quick point in the doubles match Sunday between Randy Hurshman and Brian List of the Miss-hits and Aaron Gossage and Matt Ness of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The teams were vying for first place in the Nadal Division of the Community Hospital Team Tennis Tournament at the Elliott Tennis Center.
Although the players had mixed feelings about the new team format this year, the opportunity to play with teammates was a check in the pro column.
“It’s more homey because normally it’s just you, but say you are on a team and somebody is playing two courts down, they can still yell ‘Nice shot,’ and it’s kind of just something you can’t do without a team,” List said.
He also said he enjoyed the opportunity to play with Hurshman, a close friend even though they attend rival schools. List will be a senior at Grand Junction, Hurshman a senior at Fruita Monument.
The two are having fun together while they can, especially because this fall there’s a good chance they will play against each other for the first time in high school.
“It would be kind of bittersweet. He’s taught me a lot about the game of tennis. So, it would be hard for me to play against him, but I mean, if I have to, I have to,” Hurshman said.
“He’s never beaten me in a tournament before,” Hurshman said with a laugh, before adding, “We are really evenly matched, though.”
For now, the two are playing together, and they make a good team. In the challenging match, Hurshman and List defeated Gossage and Ness 5-3, and the Miss-Hits narrowly took the championship, 37-35, finishing the tournament 4-0. TMNT went 3-1.
It was a classic boys versus girls matchup, with Las Chicas de Fuego sporting pink shirts and the all-boys Fantastic Four in blue.
Tayvia Voytilla said playing against boys provides a new challenge that will help her improve as she prepares for her sophomore season at Fruita Monument.
“It’s definitely a lot different,” she said. “Boys are usually stronger so you have to watch for that and then girls are usually more consistent. So you just have to adjust to who you’re playing.”
The Fantastic Four made the better adjustment, winning the tournament with a 4-0 record, and Las Chicas de Fuego finished second at 3-1.
Panda 4 Life won the middle school division with a 2-0 record and the Racketeers were second.