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Eagles’ netters go 2-1 in busy SAC run

Eagles’ netters go 2-1 in busy SAC run
Eagles’ netters go 2-1 in busy SAC run
Lanesville's Ryan McCubbins hits a forehand return near the net in No. 1 doubles versus South Central last Wednesday. Photo by Brian Smith

Three Southern Athletic Conference tennis matches in four days presented Lanesville’s boys with a chance to make a play for a league championship.
Last week started out with five straight set wins across the courts versus New Washington on Monday.
On Wednesday, against rival South Central, Lanesville won all but one court to continue a strong start to the grind.
Playing on consecutive days, a trip to Henryville on Thursday presented a challenge. Lanesville won two of the three matches in singles, yet the excitement was on the doubles side. Going a full three sets, Henryville took the team triumph, sweeping doubles.
Against Henryville, Lanesville’s No. 1 singles player Luke Beach was a 7-5, 6-4 winner against Emery Dieterlan. Keeping the winning groove, Joe Ferree snagged No. 3 singles by dominating Cameron Tanner, 6-1, 6-1.
Lanesville’s Jon Will had trouble against Elijah Weeks at No. 2, falling by a pair of 6-0 scores.
Turning to long matches in doubles, Lanesville’s Ryan McCubbins and Greg Daly dropped the first set to Luke Davidson and Justin Boman 6-2. The second went to a lengthy tie-breaker that eventually was won by McCubbins/Daly, 9-7, to force a third set. The night-cap went to the Hornet team, 6-2.
At No. 2 doubles, Evan Peele and Ridge Hess lost the first set (7-5) before winning the second (7-5) to Mason Edwards and Austin Roth. In the third, Edwards/Roth won 6-4.
The win was the first in league play for Henryville.
Assistance from rivals benefited the Eagles’ bid for at least a share of the SAC title. Having completed all its matches, Lanesville concluded league play with one loss. Henryville, currently undefeated in the SAC, has matches remaining against Borden, New Washington and South Central.
The rivalry match-up between the Eagles and Rebels went to host Lanesville, 4-1.
Austin Schoen scored the lone win for South Central, besting Beach 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 1 singles.
Other singles matches were convincingly won by Lanesville: Will over Camden Read 6-0, 6-0 and Ferree over Daniel Fischer 6-0, 6-0.
At doubles, McCubbins/Daly cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 match against Logan May and Henry Hentrup at No. 1. The next court over, Peele/Hess scored a 6-4, 6-0 decision versus Chase Schoen and Brady Kuchenbroad.
None of the five matches against New Washington went three sets. Beach was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Will Meadors. Will (6-2, 6-2) and Ferree (6-0, 6-1) also rolled along against Jacob Stricker and Mason Huff, respectively.
At doubles, McCubbins/Daly won 6-3, 6-4, while Peele/Hess were 6-0, 6-2 victors.
Lanesville will host Corydon Central on Monday.
South Central def. New Washington 3-2
Prior to facing rival Lanesville, South Central scored a 3-2 victory over New Washington on Sept. 14.
Versus the Mustangs, South Central took care of business on the doubles court with wins. Henry Hentrup and Logan May rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 score against Will Meadows and Jason Masingo at the No. 1 slot.
Playing No. 2 doubles, Brady Kuchenbroad and Chase Schoen needed a tie-breaker in the opening set to drop New Washington. They took the tie-breaker 7-2 before having an easier time in the second set (6-2).
‘Proud of our doubles teams this day,’ South Central coach Casey Hogan said. ‘Henry and Logan took care of business, and Brady and Chase played one of their better matches on the season; they had great movement.’
Securing the victory for South Central was Daniel Fischer at No. 3 singles. He needed a pair of tie-breaker wins, 7-2, 7-1, to defeat Stevie Mack.
South Central’s No. 1 (Austin Schoen) and No. 2 (Camden Read) singles players lost their matches in straight sets.
‘Daniel held on to win for us at three singles,’ Hogan said. ‘We have to get our serves going for an entire match at singles and then we’ll be ready to give our other conference foes, Lanesville and Henryville, a good show.’
South Central will host the Hornets on Monday.