It wasn’t always easy, but Ironwood Ridge beat Tuma Cibola 5-1 in the first round of the Division II Boys Team Tennis Tournament.
Ryan Knox had the easiest go of it, despite having to face Cibola’s top player Abhijay Muregesan. Knox prevailed 6-2, 6-0.
One match went three sets, with Brody Harn edging Edgar Franco 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Robert Yersavich had a tough first set, barely edging Caleb Villapuda 7-5. He found his rhythm and dominated the second set 6-1.
Nick Tomson and Ben Sutton also won their matches in straight sets.
The No. 4 Nighthawks will host No. 5 Nogales next Tuesday. The Apaches beat Bradshaw Mountain 5-0 and are four-game win streak and have won nine of their last 10 matches.