East Carteret’s Mitchell Brooks defeats his No. 3 singles opponent 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 on Wednesday, March 11 in a 5-4 victory over Ayden-Grifton. (Zack Nally photo)

NEWPORT — The East Carteret boys tennis team went into a suspension of games due to the coronavirus outbreak with a wild, 5-4 victory over Ayden-Grifton on Wednesday, March 11.

The Mariners will hold a 3-1 record until their next scheduled match on Monday, April 6 against Croatan at Fort Benjamin Park in Newport.

Four of the nine matchups against Ayden-Grifton (3-1) went to an extra set, with East winning two of them. Aidan Wolf at No. 1 singles, however, needed no extra time to shut out opponent Ernesto Garcia 6-0, 6-0.

Mitchell Brooks at No. 3 defeated Evan Eadus 7-5, 4-6, 12-10, while Jack Nowacek at No. 2 fell to Axel Cano-Hernandez 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 and Tyler Hodge at No. 4 lost to Ryan Baxter 4-6, 6-3, 10-7. The only other East victory in singles came from Evan Fullwood, 6-1, 6-4 over Anthony Can-Hernandez.

In doubles, the extra-set matchup at No. 3 went to East with Wyatt Nowacek and Logan Pilcher defeating Anthony Cano-Hernandez and Brandon Smith 9-8, 7-4. Wolf bagged a second blanking on the day, teaming up with Jack Nowacek for an 8-0 victory over Axel Cato-Hernandez and Garcia.

Here are results of the match:

East Carteret 5, Ayden-Grifton 4


No. 1: Aidan Wolf (EC) def. Ernesto Garcia (AG), 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2: Axel Cano-Hernandez (AG) def. Jack Nowacek (EC), 3-6, 7-5 (10-8).

No. 3: Mitchell Brooks (EC) def. Evan Eadus (AG), 7-5, 4-6 (12-10).

No. 4: Ryan Baxter (AG) def. Tyler Hodge (EC), 4-6, 6-3 (10-7).

No. 5: Evan Fullwood (EC) def. Anthony Cano-Hernandez (AG), 6-1, 6-4.

No. 6: Wyatt Docsh (AG) def. Trey Austin (EC), 6-4, 6-3.


No. 1: Wolf/J. Nowacek (EC) def. Ax. Cano-Hernandez/Garcia (AG), 8-0.

No. 2: Eadus/Baxter (AG) def. Brooks/Fullwood (EC), 8-5.

No. 3: Wyatt Nowacek/Logan Pilcher (EC) def. An. Cano-Hernandez/Brandon Smith (AG), 9-8 (7-4).

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