Floyd County flexes tennis muscles
Floyd County’s two high schools strutted their tennis prowess again last week in the sectional round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tennis tournament.
New Albany got its biggest fight in the sectional championship against Lanesville, but the Bulldogs still won, 5-0.
Jay Horrey blanked the Eagles’ James Hambley in straight sets on the No. 1 singles court, 6-0, 6-0.
Lanesville’s Devon McCulloch used a laid-back approach against his No. 2 singles opponent, Andrew Jones. After Jones won the first frame, 6-4, McCulloch bounced back in the second set, 7-6. Jones wound up squeaking out the third, however, 6-3.
At No. 3 singles, Steve Craig defeated Nathan Bleeker, 6-1, 6-0.
Nick Briscoe and Mitchell Meyer won a spirited match against Lanesville’s Patrick Huffman and Seth Jacobs, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles. Nik Kahl and Jon Seymer completed New Albany’s sweep at No. 2 doubles, defeating Richard Will and Chris VanHoose, 6-0, 6-1.
To advance to the final, New Albany’s first hurdle came against South Central, where the Bulldogs were easy 5-0 victors.
Horry blanked Greg Gehlbach, 6-0, 6-0; Jones worked past Levi Anderson, 6-2, 6-3, and Craig pelted Craig Huffman, 6-1, 6-0.
The scores on both doubles courts were 6-0 shutouts, with No. 1s Nick Gehlbach and Matt Deatrick and No. 2s Darrin Pellman and Shane Quebbeman all closing out their seasons.
Lanesville skirted past Corydon, 3-2, to move to the final round.
The Panthers’ first point came at No. 1 singles, where Dustin Thomas bounced Hambley, 6-2, 6-2, to advance in the state singles tournament. Akshay Mehrotra scored the second point for Corydon at No. 3 singles, where he was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Bleeker.
McCulloch overpowered Chad Lee, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
Huffman and Jacobs opened their match against Brooks Way and Scott Hanson with a 6-0 win, but Corydon’s duo showed their moxie in the second set. Despite the increased effort, the Panthers’ duo fell, 6-4.
Will and VanHoose stifled Michael Goins and Tyler Hoehn, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 doubles.
At Floyd Central, the 10th-ranked Highlanders dominated every opponent and eventually cruised to a 5-0 victory over Crawford County for their 14th-straight championship while at New Albany, the host Bulldogs scored their fourth-straight title in a 5-0 win over Lanesville.
The Highlanders kicked off their run by toppling North Harrison on Wednesday, 5-0.
In No. 1 singles, Joseph Boesing knocked off Cole Duffy, 6-0, 6-1. Andrew Voll defeated Eric Gettelfinger in 6-0, 6-0 fashion at No. 2, and at No. 3 Tyler Smith coasted to a 6-0, 6-0 shutout over Trevor Bryant.
Both of Floyd’s doubles teams won, 6-0, 6-0, as well.
At No. 1, Zach Knotts and Craig Kirchgessner tripped up Evin Magner and Tyler Schmidt, and at No. 2, Will Gwin and Brad King bounced Jason Shumate and Kyle Austin.
Floyd Central matched the 5-0 effort against Eastern on Thursday and then faced off against Crawford in the final.
The championship round saw the Wolfpack score six points against the Highlanders, but Floyd still posted another 5-0 victory.
In No. 1 singles play, Boesing dusted David Gurtz, 6-0, 6-0. Voll downed Karl Fauer, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2, and at No. 3, Smith held off Allen Armstrong, 6-0, 6-2.
Knotts and Kirchgessner were victors against Brandon Stevens and Jason Jones, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 doubles. Bo Benham and Spencer Griswald gave their opponent a fight, but Floyd’s King and Gwin came through, 6-3, 6-0.