Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Robinson seniors go out in style

The Jay M. Robinson boys' tennis seniors blanked Central Cabarrus 9-0 on 'Senior Night,' keeping their perfect record 12-0 record intact going into their final regular season match Wednesday at Cox Mill.

The Bulldogs, 11-o in South Piedmont conference (SPC) play this season, sent senior starters Forrest Cannon, Josh Mosakowski and Ben Shamanis out in style with the win.

Cannon and Mosakowski will leave Robinson as two of the best tennis players in school history. Cannon (No. 1 singles) lost only three times in his career, while Mosakowski has not lost a match in his career. Both are also unbeaten this season in singles and doubles.

"(Forrest) and (Josh) really don't see a lot of major competition on the court until the postseason," Robinson tennis coach Sarah Dabbs said, in her first season. "They really are each other's competition in practice and that keeps them going."

While Cannon and Mosakowski have led the Bulldog program to new heights including three conference titles (2 ME-CA, 1 SPC) in four years and 56-6 overall mark, they haven't won a playoff game in their time at Robinson.

After next week's SPC tournament, the Bulldogs, who have lost in the first round of the 4A playoffs the last three seasons, will try to win a 3A playoff game.

“The (Robinson) boys (team) has been to regionals and states every year, but haven’t had a lot of success,” Dabbs said, whose team moves from 4A to 3A this season. “We know the playoffs will be a huge step up in competition. But, we really want to try to win (a match) and maybe make a run.”