KENDAL Hammel is making no secret about it. He has put his postseason tennis lineup together with an eye on the regional and semistate.
That’s not to say Hammel is looking past today’s Columbus North Sectional semifinal matchup with Columbus East. But Hammel’s 13th-ranked Bull Dogs will use a different lineup than the one that beat the Olympians 3-2 on Aug. 29.
“We’re looking at Bloomington South and teams we might see in the semistate,” Hammel said. “If we go back to that (original) lineup, there’s no way we match up with those teams. We have to get past East first, but with this lineup, if we get into the regional and beyond possibly, we’re much more solid.”
The main change for North (14-3) lies with junior Luke Red moving from No. 1 singles, where he is 6-3, to No. 1 doubles, where he is 11-2 with Ernest Xi, who is 15-5 there overall.
Anthony Sanders, who has played all three singles positions and is 11-10, moves up to No. 1 singles, while Krishan Narsinghani (18-2 overall) moves up to No. 2 singles and Kevin Luo (13-0) steps in at No. 3 singles. Mitchell Miller (17-2) and Aditya Mantri 14-2 will play No. 2 doubles.
“I feel comfortable and confident with this lineup,” Hammel said. “The doubles teams are doing a nice job. Singles are doing better. I think overall, we’re stepping up and doing what they need to do.”
East (13-3) will have much the same lineup it has had most of the season, except at No. 2 doubles, where freshman Alex Galle replaces an injured Naveen Menon.
Seth Meyer (8-5), who is coming off an illness, and Jonathan James (14-2) and Jo Jo Woolwine (8-3) are the Olympians’ singles players. Matt Fuehne and Alex Pegram are 15-1 at No. 1 doubles, and Galle joins Connor Jensen (14-2) at No. 2 doubles.
North swept the singles matches, and East won both doubles matches during the teams’ regular-season meeting.
“We have to play a lot better at singles if we’re going to win,” East coach Jim Stone said. “Seth’s going to have to play better, and then obviously at the other two spots in singles, we’re going to need those guys both to step up.”
“It will be an interesting match,” Hammel said. “I know I’ve had a couple people make comments about being little shaky because of the new lineup. It’s all about matchups. I feel like we have potential maybe to win four or five matches if we play like we should be playing. It will just be who shows up and plays that day.”
Anderson in state finals
North sophomore Sydney Anderson will play in the girls golf state finals this weekend at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
Anderson, who qualified as an individual, is scheduled to tee off at 9:33 a.m. Friday on No. 10. She is paired with the No. 1 golfers from team qualifiers Noblesville, Marion and Chesterton.
Regardless of how she fares Friday, Anderson will be back for 18 more holes Saturday. For the first time this year, there will be no cut. All teams and individuals will play the full 36 holes.
Soccer sectional times set
Dates and times have been announced in next week’s Columbus North boys and girls soccer sectionals.
The boys semifinals will be Wednesday, with North playing Seymour at 6 p.m. and East meeting Scottsburg about 8 p.m. In Thursday’s girls semifinals, North will play Scottsburg at 6 p.m., and East will meet Seymour about 8 p.m.
The girls final will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the boys final will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.
HHC volleyball set for Saturday
The Class 4A No. 3 East volleyball team will play in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Saturday at Floyd Central.
The Olympians will meet Bedford North Lawrence in the opener at 9 a.m. East then will meet Jennings County or Jeffersonville, followed by a championship or consolation match against Seymour, Madison, New Albany or Floyd Central.
Forfeiting games in a Flash
Franklin Central has forfeited its Aug. 29 varsity and junior varsity girls soccer games to Columbus North for using an ineligible player.
The Bull Dogs won the varsity game 4-0 anyway. But the North junior varsity’s 4-1 loss to the Golden Flashes becomes a victory.
Lange makes college choice
Hauser senior pitcher Bree Lange has verbally committed to play softball at Ancilla College. She plans to sign in January.