SEYMOUR — Any hopes Columbus North had of defeating high-powered Bloomington South for a second time this season were dashed in a hurry Tuesday as the No. 10 Panthers struck early and often to blank the No. 13 Bull Dogs 5-0 in IHSAA boys tennis regional semifinal action at Seymour.
North edged Bloomington South 3-2 just three weeks ago in regular-season action, but failed to maintain any momentum to end its season at 16-4.
“We came in thinking we could beat Bloomington South, but they jumped on us right off the bat,” North coach Kendal Hammel said. “They were ready for us, and we just didn’t respond.”
The Bull Dogs’ No. 1 doubles team of Luke Red and Ernest Xi competed in the only three-set match, opening with a win against Matt Helm and Alex Jung, before falling 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Panthers’ No. 2 doubles team of Matt Johnson and Will Piekarsky handled North’s Mitchell Miller and Aditiya Mantri 6-1, 6-2, while South also swept the singles action.
At No. 1 singles, two-time defending state singles champion Ronnie Schneider blanked North sophomore Anthony Sanders, 6-0, 6-0, while Jake Frederickson beat Bull Dog junior Krishan Narsinghani 6-4, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.
South’s Sam Karcher rounded out action by downing freshman Kevin Luo 6-4, 6-3 in No. 3 singles action.
“Everything pretty much fell apart for us,” Hammel said. “South is a veteran team, and I think our youth showed when it was time to step it up.”
The Bull Dogs lose just three seniors this season. Xi is the only senior who played in the postseason.
“I don’t think anybody thought we would do as well as we did this year,” Hammel said. “Hopefully, our guys will learn from this and use it to help them be even better next