Unforced errors doom Bulldogs

KINGMAN - Unforced errors proved costly for the Kingman High boys tennis doubles teams of Matt Johnson/DJ Caddick and Trevor Klemp/Carson Hardy, costing both pairs matches at this weekend's Northwest Tournament in Glendale.

Johnson/Caddick dropped their first match to Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor 8-2 and unforced errors kept Surprise Willow Canyon in the match, sending it to a tiebreak where KHS fell 7-3.

"The real problem they faced was themselves," KHS coach Jim Skommesa said. "On or about the third point, they felt Willow Canyon had made a bad call and they never let go of it. You need to have a short memory in sports but they let them be distracted by one call that caused them to lose focus and ultimately the match."

The duo of Klemp and Hardy fell to Phoenix Barry Goldwater 8-5 and fell to Peoria Liberty 8-2.

"Trevor had a rough day committing a lot of unforced errors that made it hard to win games," Skommesa said.

In singles, Gregory Franklin picked up KHS's lone win when he won his second round consolation match 8-6, before falling 8-4.

"It is really tough watching these guys play so well but then not be able to win matches," Skommesa said. "Although unforced errors didn't help, the youth and inexperience of this team may have cost them a few games this season."

KHS closed out the regular season Wednesday at Prescott.