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Eagles squeak by rival Rebels, 3-2

Eagles squeak by rival Rebels, 3-2
Eagles squeak by rival Rebels, 3-2
From the baseline, Lanesville's Jonas Powers hits a forehand return in the second set of his No. 3 singles match. Photos by Brian Smith

Lanesville took the trip to rival South Central last Wednesday for boys’ tennis action within the Southern Athletic Conference.
The Eagles, seeking to build a full-strength roster before the postseason, were able to pull out a narrow 3-2 victory.
All of the wins for Lanesville came on the singles courts. At No. 1 singles, Lanesville coach Michael Sizemore welcomed the return of Ethan Schickel to the lineup. In his first week back at match play, Schickel notched a straight-set win over South Central’s Zach Needler 6-2, 6-3.
On the court next to Schickel, teammate Jacob Graves used a pair of 6-1 sets to top South Central’s Bryce Lewis.
Four of the five courts were finished (with the exception of junior varsity matches) when all eyes turned to No. 3 singles. After South Central won both doubles bouts, it came down to Lanesville’s Jonas Powers and South Central’s Ryan Steen to determine the team honors.
The battle endured a first-set tiebreaker, won by Steen 8-6, before going three sets. Powers took the second set 6-3 then carried the momentum to a 6-4 third set win.
At doubles, South Central’s Chase Schoen and Jake Daugherty romped to a 6-0 first-set win over Jack Kaufer and Gabe Gowens in No. 1 action. The Lanesville pair put up a battle in the second set before Schoen and Daugherty closed the deal 6-4.
Over at No. 2 doubles, South Central’s Will Weber and Brady Kuchenbrod had to win a second-set tie breaker to secure a straight-set win over Lanesville’s Ben Stacy and Ben Purdy. Weber/Kuchenbrod won 6-4 in the opening set before taking the set two tie breaker 7-4.

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