Bolivar High School boys tennis dropped its match to Nevada Thursday, April 11, losing 2-7.

The 1-4 Liberators faced a tough team in the visiting Tigers, coach Nathan Rothdiener said. 

“I’m proud of the way the guys competed tonight,” he said.” Nevada is a solid team with a 6-1 overall record, and we gave them a match tonight. My guys left it all out on the court.”

In doubles, senior Kaden Katzer and junior Josh Francisco lost 6-8. The freshmen duo of Lathan Martin and Trevor Dickenson lost 1-8 on court No. 2. Junior Parker McClard and freshmen Nathan Mcllelan lost at No. 3 doubles 5-8.  

In singles, Katzer played on court No. 1, winning 8-5 over his opponent. Martin won in the No. 3 match, Rothdiener said, gutting out the contest to win 8-6.

Francisco battled on court No. 2, losing 4-8. 

“McClard also played well but ran into a tough opponent at No. 4,” Rothdiener said. The junior lost 2-8.  

Dickenson lost at No. 5 1-8.

Mcllelan lost 8-9 in a tiebreaker at No. 6 (4-7). 

Despite the loss, Rothdiener said his young team is performing well past its years of experience on the court. 

“I’m so proud of the way my younger kids are playing,” he said. “We’ve thrown them out there and put them in a tough spot, and they have responded like champs and are getting better and better.” 

The team’s sole returning varsity starter, Katzer, has been battling some physical problems, Rothdiener said, but has managed a record of 4-1. The senior reached the quarterfinals of the Springfield tournament earlier this season.

The Liberators next face Logan-Rogersville Monday, April 15, in Rogersville. Play starts at 4:30 p.m. The team competes in the Jefferson City Hellas tourney Tuesday, April 16. 

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