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Lanesville tennis team dispatches rival Rebels

Lanesville tennis team dispatches rival Rebels
Lanesville tennis team dispatches rival Rebels
Lanesville sophomore Ben Austin uses a forehand to return a serve from South Central sophomore Ronnie Renn last Wednesday. Austin had the most dominant showing in singles play for the Eagles, defeating Renn 6-1, 6-0. Photo by Brandon Miniard
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

While dark clouds creeped over the skies of Lanesville last Wednesday, the only storm came in the form of the Eagles’ tennis squad as it defeated county- and Southern Athletic Conference-rival South Central 4-1. The Eagles’ match against their archrivals was their third in as many days after confrontations with sectional-foe New Albany and rival New Washington the previous two days.

While this match had higher positioning in the SAC rankings on the line, the conference title was out of reach for both squads as rival Borden finished a conference sweep with a 5-0 victory over New Washington the following day. This reality, however, did little to dampen the intensity of the matchup.

The visiting Rebels fired the opening salvo at the top singles’ flight as junior Ty Jones breezed his way to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Eagles’ junior Dawson Teeter. Eagles’ sophomore Ben Austin had a similarly easy time in his matchup against Rebels’ sophomore Ronnie Renn, winning by a score of 6-1, 6-0.

That set No. 2 singles as the crucial flight of the contest, which Eagles’ junior Jack Crosby took the first set against Rebels’ junior Craig Simpson 6-3. Both juniors were evenly matched in the second set, one unable to pull away from the other, resulting in a set tiebreaker. While the tiebreaker was back and forth, Crosby ultimately prevailed to win the flight 6-3, 6-6 (7-5).

Both doubles flights weren’t nearly as contentious as the Eagles swept both courts. At No. 1 doubles, Eagles’ senior Ty Tidstrom and junior Ethan Patterson had little trouble against Rebels’ senior Colin Cunningham and sophomore Ethan Hedden, walking away with a 6-1, 6-3 victory. Eagles’ junior John Albers and sophomore Landon Campbell followed with a similarly easy performance at No. 2 doubles, dispatching the Rebels’ freshman tandem of Carson Ridge and Peyton Tyree 6-0, 6-2.