South Central, Lanesville pick up solid tennis wins
The South Central and Lanesville boys’ tennis teams posted key wins last week.
South Central traveled Saturday to the Bedford North Lawrence Tournament and came away with a 3-0 record. As a team, they dropped just two matches on the day.
The two losses came against Corydon Central. Winning in singles play for the Rebels were Matt Fox (No. 1) and Alex Wiseman (No. 2). Fox defeated Joseph Hinton, 6-3, 6-3, and Wiseman knocked off Nick Keith, 6-0, 6-1.
Corydon Central’s Austin Brasfield took No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Collin Kendall.
The two schools split the doubles court with South Central’s Hunter Stark and Logan Carter winning at No. 1.
Against Bloomfield, South Central went 5-0 with Stark, Fox and Carter winning singles matches. In doubles, Jake LaClair and Mark O’Connor defeated Josh Wells and Conner Dowden, 6-0, 6-2. Wiseman teamed with Colton Foreman to win No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-1.
The Rebels made it a perfect weekend when they downed the host school, 5-0. Three matches went three sets, including Stark’s 2-6, 7-5, 13-11 win at No. 1 singles over John Garriot. After winning the first-set tiebreaker, LaClair and O’Connor won No. 1 doubles over Brenty Ray and Ryan Bartlett 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 10-8.
Carter, Michael, Wiseman and Foreman also won against Bedford North Lawrence.
‘I am very proud of the guys,’ said South Central coach Casey Hogan. ‘They deserve all the credit. All of them played like champions today. The last match (Bedford) was intense and close the whole way, but we were able to come away with wins in each spot. It was a great day for South Central tennis.’
South Central also landed a win Thursday when it swept Paoli, 5-0. Stark, Fox and Carter dropped a measly five games between them in singles play.
O’Connor and LaClair won No. 1 doubles with a 6-4, 6-2 score, while Foreman and Wiseman won No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-1.
‘It was a dominant evening,’ Hogan said. ‘My JV players for today got big wins as well. Collin Kendall 8-4, Ethan Foreman and Henry Dunn in doubles 8-1, and Jack Turner 8-2. All players were able to do what they wanted to do in every match. Logan Carter and No. 1 dubs had shaky starts, but they relaxed and played their games. That shows a lot of poise to be able to adjust mid-match. They played like a seasoned, mature team on a mission.’
The outcome of Lanesville’s first Southern Athletic Conference match of the season went the way of the Eagles.
The host Eagles beat Borden, 4-1.
In No. 1 singles, Austin Daughinee rolled past Brandon Beam 6-1 in the first set then needed a tiebreaker to win the match. In the tiebreaker, Daughinee upended his opponent, 9-7.
Ryan Fulkerson held steady to beat Josh Valstedt in No. 2 singles, 6-4, 7-5. Eagles No. 3 player Clayton Engle rallied after dropping the first set to beat Cody Craddock 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Scoring the fourth win was the No. 2 doubles team of Matt Husband and Jon Ferree. They got the best of Jared Sanders and Tony Wagoner, 6-2, 6-4.
The No. 1 doubles match was won by Borden’s Luke Lalfee and Matthew Smith 6-3, 6-2 over Caleb Caldwell and Nick Schoen.