BENNINGTON >> The Mount Anthony boys tennis team is still looking for its first victory of the season, but the Patriots are getting closer.
Against an experienced Hoosac School squad on Tuesday, MAU fell 7-0, but there were a handful of positives to take for the rest of the season.
At No. 3 singles, freshman Luke Williams lost the first set, 6-1, but came back to force a second-set tiebreaker that he lost 7-3.
"I really wanted to win or at least come close," said Williams, competing in only his fourth varsity match. "I did a lot better in the second game, trying to place it more in the second set."
Mount Anthony coach Ken Turn said he's noticed a big change, even from the first match to now for his freshman.
"He's starting to figure out his opponent's weaknesses and their strengths and he's getting good at exploiting the weaknesses," Turn said. "He told me afterward that he still doesn't know how to be aggressive yet, he's more of a baseline defensive player."
It's not the first time this season that Williams has been in a tiebreaker or had to battle back after losing the first set.
"I wish he would get off to better starts," Turn said. "He builds momentum after a slow start and it's always exciting to see him come back to a third set."
Senior Thomas Ngo also battled at the No. 4 spot, falling in straight sets, 6-2 in the first and 7-5 in the second. Despite the loss, Ngo was voted by his teammates as the Man of the Match.
"Thomas is one of the most experienced players with two years under his belt," Turn said. "I love the technical skill he shows and he's really improved from last year. He and Luke could shift around, really the top four guys are interchangeable."
The rest of the matchups came in straight sets, including No. 1 P.J. Seward falling 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 Jacob Damour losing 6-1, 6-0 and No. 5 Brendan Hay losing 6-3, 6-0.
In doubles, Griffin Mattison and Peter Drew fell 6-2, 6-2, while Aaron Hulett and Jasen Li lost 6-0, 6-0.
The Patriots travel to Hartford on Friday, still searching for its first win.
"The Hartford coach has never beaten me, so I know he's going to be ready," Turn said. "They're usually the same caliber as Woodstock, we usually have really competitive matches with Hartford."