Red Devils come back after trailing early

Newton-Conover fought back from an early deficit against Hickory on Monday to win a hard fought non-conference match.

The Red Devils (7-1, 4-0) trailed early in the match after the Red Tornadoes picked up two early victories as Hunter Coffey defeated Hunter Nestor 6-0, 6-1 and Valentin Waltenberger defeated Tyler Barrymore 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. 

Newton-Conover rallied with four consecutive singles wins. Senior Hang “Bubba” Choi picked up a quick opening set victory over Alex Arditti and held on in the second set to win 6-1, 7-5.

Fellow senior John Reid also won his first set, 6-1, and held on to win his second set, 7-5, over Brad Bowman.

Junior Ryan Lampe survived a tough challenge from Daniel May, as the two played a long match with a lot of points. Lampe edged May in the end of both games and pulled out a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 victory.

The final singles win that pushed the Red Devils ahead 4-2 was sophomore John Tate’s 6-4, 6-2 victory over Joseph Espiritu.

Despite being down heading into doubles competition, the Red Tornadoes didn’t give up. They played long points throughout all of their doubles matches.

The Red Devils clinched the match victory with a 8-2 doubles win by Choi and Lampe over Arditti and May. Reid and Tate were also victorious in doubles with a win over Bowman and Waltenberger, 8-5.

Hickory finished strong and managed to pick up a third victory in the match when Espiritu and Coffey defeated Barrymore and Nestor. 

Newton-Conover’s next match is scheduled for today, as the Red Devils try to improve their Catawba Valley Athletic Conference record to 5-0, when they face Draughn.