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.

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