Despite a late start, Brown County never faltered, beating Edinburgh 5-0 Wednesday in the first round of the Columbus North boys tennis sectional.
The Eagles were led by No. 1 singles player Duncan Ricci, who beat Edinburgh’s Kyle Pendleton 6-0, 6-0.
Ricci said he was pleased with the performance but is looking ahead to the next match, when the Eagles will take on Hauser in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. today.
“It should be a good match,” Ricci said. “We played them earlier in the season but didn’t get to finish due to rain, so it should be interesting.”
Brown County’s No. 1 doubles team also put on a strong performance, with Bryce Fish and Evan Rose defeating Edinburgh’s Jonathan Phelps and Zach Pendleton 6-1, 6-1.
Nathan Miller downed Carlos Galvan 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, and Shane Franklin beat Chris Quillen 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Dakota Patterson and Brady Rose blanked Bryan Boyd and Kinser Bryant 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Columbus East will play 13th-ranked Columbus North in today’s other semifinal at 4:30 p.m. The final is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Panthers move into finals
NORTH VERNON — Jennings County blanked Southwestern (Hanover) 5-0 in the opening round of the Jennings County Sectional.
Bryson Mills rolled 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles for the Panthers. Evan Land at No. 2 singles, and Owen Land and Colton Pifer at No. 2 doubles won by 6-1, 6-0 scores. Tod Brown prevailed 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, and Tyler Clerkin and Adam Jackson pulled out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
Jennings faces Greensburg in the finals at 5 p.m. Friday.
Lancers stun Woodmen
GREENWOOD — Edinburgh opened Johnson County Tournament play with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-15 victory against host Greenwood.
Abby Bryant led the Lancers (19-5) with 22 kills and six blocks. Jennifer Stinson added nine kills and 12 digs, and Maile Cox recorded 27 assists.
Edinburgh will face Center Grove in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. today at Greenwood. The championship match will follow.