ANDERSON — The Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic Men’s A Singles quarterfinal round went as expected Wednesday.
In the three matches contested at Anderson University, the higher seeded player advanced to the semifinal round.
Top-seeded Jack Hiatt need a little more than 35 minutes to put away Daniel Conrad in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Hiatt, a junior at Marion University, is the tournament’s defending champion and has lost just one game in his two matches as the No. 1 seed.
“It all started with my first serve,” Hiatt said. “I had a lot of first serves in, which allowed me to dictate almost every point.”
The former Hamilton Heights standout said getting off to a fast start has been the key to his success and allows him to play with more confidence.
After his match, Hiatt donned an orange Hamilton Heights’ t-shirt supporting his alma mater as well as his former coach, Cameron Scott who was in a tight first-set match against Anderson High School’s boys tennis coach David Ellis.
The fourth-seeded Scott withstood Ellis’ late first set comeback attempt to take the match 6-4, 6-0.
“It is always real fun to me,” Scott said about battling a fellow coach. “I see it as two people that are in tennis for the right reasons, trying to pay it forward and teach others and just have fun with it.”
Scott had more than his former player rooting him on, as his former coach at Anderson University, Galen Scott, was also on hand.
“It is always fun to be on campus again,” Cameron Scott said. “It is fun to hang out and spend time in this area again. It always brings back a lot of great memories.”
The final match Men’s A match to be determined proved to be the toughest battle of the evening, as third- seeded Matt Tran needed to win two tiebreaker sets to defeat Kassidy Kase, 7-6 (11-9) and 7-6 (7-5).