North tennis routs rival Corydon Central, 4-1
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
The boys’ tennis edition of the annual Big Cat Classic was anything but last Tuesday as North Harrison traveled to confront county- and Mid-Southern Conference-rival Corydon Central. Powered by sweeping all three singles flights, the Cougars handled the Panthers for a 4-1 victory.
Senior Joe Davis set the pace for the Cougars at the top singles flight as he easily dispatched Panthers’ junior Cooper Shireman 6-1, 6-0. Cougars’ senior Johnathon Seitz was hardly any worse at No. 2 singles as he handled Panthers’ junior Eli Kvalheim 6-2, 6-1.
The Cougars’ toughest time at singles came at No. 3 as sophomore Jakob Hoyer faced Panthers’ senior Cooper Desmond. While Hoyer breezed through the first set, Desmond kept the second set close throughout before ultimately falling to Hoyer 6-2, 7-5.
While singles action was mostly a foregone conclusion, the same could not be said for doubles. The Cougars’ sophomore duo of Zach Miller and Gavin Bigham discovered that first-hand as they battled the Panthers’ junior tandem of Sam Cox and Ryan Hamilton in their first set at No. 1 doubles. A seventh game wasn’t enough to decide the set, forcing a tiebreaker which Miller and Bigham won 7-2.
Winning the set tiebreaker seemed to revitalize the Cougars’ top doubles pair as they took the second set in a relatively easier fashion, capturing the flight with a score of 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.
In an effort to avoid being swept, the Panthers turned to the freshman tandem of Trey Wiley and T-Mac Wilkinson at No. 2 doubles. Going up against the Cougars’ duo of senior Logan Martin and junior Dawson Allen, Wiley and Wilkinson ultimately prevailed with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4 victory for the Panthers’ only flight victory of the evening.