Eagles edge Jets, move into sectional final

Leading 6-5 in the third set with the Brown County-Hauser sectional semifinal hanging in the balance, the Eagles’ Cash Myers was money in the bank.

Myers served four consecutive points to finish off a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-5 victory against Sam Meek and give Brown County an insurmountable 3-1 lead. The Eagles ended up winning 3-2 to advance to today’s sectional final against host Columbus North.

“I was kind of looking around (at the other matches),” Myers said. “I know I usually don’t, just to keep a straight head, but this time, I looked around, and I knew how close the match was. Tonight wasn’t my best, but (today), I should play way better.”

Brown County’s win avenges a 3-2 loss to the Jets in the Eagles’ season opener. The difference came at No. 1 doubles, where Abe Oliver and Jesse Williams beat Alex Gross and Jacob Johnson 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 this time.

The other win for Brown County (10-7) came at No. 3 singles, where Chase Watson beat Jacob Rudd 6-2, 6-0.

“Chase played like he always does,” Brown County coach Kevin Roush said. “He’s kind of like this fly that just annoys you because he gets everything back. It was a good match for 1 doubles to come back like they did. Two doubles I thought played fairly well, and Cash is just a solid hitter.”

Hauser’s Justin Compton beat Cole Smith 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. The Jets’ Sean Miller and Jacob Rose beat Austin Roush and Aaron McCann 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at No. 2 doubles.

Hauser, which finished its season 11-5, pulled out three close wins at Brown County in the teams’ early-season meeting. This time, the Eagles claimed three three-set victories.

“Seeing that match and seeing tonight, both clubs have improved tremendously,” Hauser coach John Pratt said.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.