Eagles sweep Panthers to win HC tennis title
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
With the postseason just around the corner, Lanesville and Corydon Central both looked to make one last tuneup as the Panthers hosted the Eagles, their county and sectional rivals, in their final home match of the regular season on Monday.
Having picked up wins over county foes North Harrison and South Central, the Eagles looked to put the finishing touches on the Harrison County title before turning their attention to sectional. With near dominant performances at all three singles flights, the Eagles ran away with their final match of the regular season as they swept the host Panthers aside, 5-0.
The top two singles flights set the tone for the match as the Eagles’ Ben Austin and John Albers swept aside the Panthers’ Cooper Shireman and Eli Kvalheim in straight 6-1 sets, respectively. The Eagles’ Jack Crosby had an even easier time against the Panthers’ Dylan Adams at No. 3 singles, taking the the court with a score of 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles competition was much more contentious than singles, starting with the Eagles’ Dawson Teeter and Dayton Campbell taking on the Panthers’ Sam Cox and Ryan Hamilton at the top doubles flight. While needing a tiebreaker in the second set, Teeter and Campbell prevented the match from getting away from them as they took their match 6-3, 7-9 (7-4).
At No. 2 doubles, the Eagles’ Landon Campbell and Marcus Hadley were locked in a duel with the Panthers’ Trey Wiley and Thomas Wilkinson, which began with the former duo dropping the opening set 2-6. Momentum shifted as the team in purple came back in the next two sets to complete the sweep with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory to secure the Harrison County title.
The Eagles and Panthers now turn their sights to New Albany, the site of sectional play, which begins today with the Eagles facing Christian Academy of Indiana. The Panthers, meanwhile, prepare for the semifinals, where they will confront the host Bulldogs.