Kansas City, Mo. The Seabury Academy boys tennis team used a one-match edge in doubles Monday to secure a 5-4 victory over Kansas City (Mo.) Barstow in the Seahawks' season-opening dual.
Seabury trailed, 3-2, after singles play and also dropped the No. 1 doubles match. However, both its No. 2 and No. 3 doubles pairings picked up victories to give the Seahawks the win.
"We played good tennis for our first match of the year," said Seabury coach Eric Nelson. "We're excited to be 1-0, and we're glad spring has finally arrived and we can start playing some tennis."
Gabrielle Dillon and Max Cannon earned the decisive team point with an 8-4 victory against Barstow's Ian Bartimus and Jonah Chilton, an impressive turnaround after Dillon and Cannon lost their singles matches.
"They really played well together and were able to get the win for the team," Nelson said.
In singles play, Nelson praised the performances of Shiv Subramanian and Brooke Sutherland, who earned 8-1 victories at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, respectively.
"Brooke was just stellar, and Shiv really looked sharp today," Nelson said.