Eastside boys tennis completes perfect regular season

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:52 p.m.

It was a good day for Jordan Goldberg and the Eastside boys tennis team.

The senior captain posted a come from behind win at No. 1 singles and teamed with his younger brother Zach Goldberg for a win at No. 1 doubles as the Rams blanked archrival Gainesville 7-0 Thursday afternoon at the Don Hinton Memorial Courts.

The victory capped off a perfect 11-0 regular-season

mark for the Rams. It is the first time Eastside has gone undefeated in the regular season in Mike Scott’s 11 years as coach.

“It is nice to be able to say,” Scott said. “It is funny the undefeated thing kind of just rolled out, it just kind of happened

as we were playing.

“I am very proud of my kids. They are a lot of fun to coach.”

The Goldberg brothers started the day with an 8-3 win over Cole Fiegel and Justin Zambelli at No. 1 doubles, before Tim Louthan and Frazier Springfield edged Wes Bryant and Jessie Gordon, 8-6 at No. 2 doubles. Tony Louthan then made quick work of Aaron Stansby, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles. Springfield gave Eastside a 4-0 cushion and clinched the match for the Rams as he blanked Bryant 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

But the best match of the day was Jordan Goldberg and Cole Fiegel at No. 1 singles.

Fiegel, GHS’s standout freshman who defeated Goldberg in their first meeting earlier this season, took the first set 6-2. Fiegel led the second set 5-4, but Goldberg ripped off eight straight points to take a 6-5 edge. Fiegel responded to force a tiebreaker, but Goldberg won it 7-5 to grab the second set and force a match-deciding tiebreaker.

Trailing 8-7, Goldberg scored the final three points to win the 10-point tiebreaker, the match at No. 1 singles and gave Fiegel (11-1) his first loss of the season.

“I think the first set I came out trying to do a little too much,” Jordan Goldberg said. “Cole is really gritty, he is a lefty, he hits a ton of spin and gets everything.

“I think I was playing a little too predictably. Coach (Scott) told me to mix it up and it worked.”

Jordan Goldberg, who improved to 7-3 on the season could meet Fiegel again in the District 4-3A tournament in two weeks and possibly in the second round of the regional tournament as well. But the 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior was happy with how things worked out.

“This is the best way I could possibly ask to end my senior year of regular-season tennis,” Jordan Goldberg said. “There is no better feeling than winning a match in that kind of a finish.”

Zach Goldberg knocked off Gordon 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, while Tim Louthan’s

6-3, 6-1 win over Zambelli at No. 4 singles gave the Rams the sweep over the Hurricanes (9-5).

“Eastside has a stacked team compared to what we’ve got,” said GHS coach Paul Spradling. “They are better than we are and we know that. A lot of the matches were competitive, and I am happy with that.”

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