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The Columbus North boys tennis team remained undefeated by beating Scottsburg to win the Columbus North Regional on Wednesday.
The seventh-ranked Bull Dogs (19-0) defeated Scottsburg (15-3) in four of the five matches to advance in state tournament play. North will play in the Jasper Semi-State at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Bull Dogs secured the team victory early after winning the No. 3 singles and both doubles matches, all in two quick sets.
“We talked a lot about playing hard, even after we had the meet won,” North coach Kendal Hammel said.
“We’re still playing for state recognition, and you want to work hard now to be able to continue playing further down the line. We don’t want to ease up just because the team has won.”
North No. 3 singles player Rahul Jha secured the regional championship after defeating Mason Noble 6-2, 6-2.
This followed wins by No. 2 doubles team Aditya Mantri and Mitchell Miller (6-2, 6-1) and No. 1 doubles team Jake Likens and Anthony Sanders (6-1, 6-2).
“We’ve had a great season, and winning regional is great,” Likens said.
“We’ve worked hard to get here.”
“We weren’t focused on winning our match for ourselves today,” Sanders said. “We wanted to win to help our team win overall. That was everybody’s focus.”
With the team victory already secured for North, the No. 1 singles match between the Bulldogs’ Luke Red and Scottsburg’s Andrej Halasa became the match to watch. The two players battled through three grueling sets, with Red winning 3-6, 7-5 and 6-4.
“After losing yesterday (to Bloomington South’s Will Piekarsky in regional semifinal play) this win today is a huge help for my confidence,” said Red, who’s victory came despite the senior suffering pain in his right elbow. “Having our 3 singles and doubles teams lock up the meet for us took pressure off me. It allowed me to relax and just play my game.”
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