Truman had the necessary momentum for a Suburban Big Six boys tennis victory over Oak Park.

Truman had the necessary momentum for a Suburban Big Six boys tennis victory over Oak Park.
The Patriots prevailed in No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Oak Park, however, rebounded to sweep the three doubles matches for a tough 6-3 victory at Santa Fe Trail Park Tuesday.
Truman junior Josh Smith improved to 12-1 with a 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) win over Preston Coughlin in No. 1 singles.
The picture looked even brighter for the Patriots when Lukas Bayer, a foreign student from Heidelberg, Germany, stopped Shauheen Mahoutchian 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in a two-hour No. 2 singes match.
Then, No. 4 player Mike Roberts gave Truman its third singles victory by stopping Spencer Brinkmeyer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
But Oak Park (8-2, 4-1) evened the match by taking the other three singles matches and went on to prevail in doubles.
In No. 1 doubles, Coughlin and Mahoutchian stopped Smith and Bayer, 7-5, 1-6, 11-9. Troy Lewis and Brinkmeyer outlasted Chase Ruddell and Mike Roberts 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3 to give Oak Park the win. Scott and Martin followed with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over David Franklin and Brett Fredenberg. 
Still, Truman coach Tara Corwin said her team performed well, especially Smith and Bayer in jump-starting Truman.
“It was a very good match. I am really happy,” she said after her team fell to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the Big Six. “We are getting to the next level and starting to compete with upper  teams.”
Smith said a good start was good for him.
“I was great early and couldn’t miss,” Smith said. “But when I got down in the second set, I had to dig deep. When I got into the tiebreaker, I knew I was going to win. The second serve is my savior. I use it as more of a weapon than a safety.”
Bayer also had to rally from a second-set loss to defeat Mahoutchian.
“When I am playing singles, I am on my own,” he said. “I have been playing tennis since I was 7 years old. My dad taught me.”
Corwin is happy that Bayer has joined the team.
“He has been a nice addition to the team,“ Corwin said. “I knew he would be a good player. He has made some adjustments to his game.”
She also likes the way Smith has improved.
“He’s so smart on the court,” Corwin said. “He knows how and when to play his shots.“
Oak Park edged Truman 5-4 in the junior varsity match.