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Columbus East’s tennis team was without its top singles player Thursday at Seymour but still rolled to a 5-0 victory to improve to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.
Olympains coach Jim Stone said usual No. 1 netter Seth Meyer was under the weather, so he did a little lineup shuffling, including moving Will Voils from junior varsity to the No. 3 singles slot.
“Everyone responded well,” Stone said. “We really didn’t have a letdown with the change.”
Jonathan James got the call at No. 1 singles and responded with a 6-3, 6-3 win over the Owls’ Alex Craig, while Naveen Menon claimed the No. 2 singles triumph, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6, over Ben Coomer. Voils took advantage of his opportunity, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Brady Rinehart.
East’s No. 1 doubles team of Matt Fuehne and Alex Pegram notched a 6-4, 6-0 win over Andrew Rudge and Seth Stuckwisch, while the No. 2 doubles duo of Jo Jo Woolwine and Conner Jensen put away Nick Blevins and Josh Rudge 6-1, 6-1.
“This was a good match for us heading into a tough tournament this weekend,” Stone said. “We’re hosting with teams from Lebanon, Providence and Indian Creek, and they are all pretty good.”
The O’s won the junior varsity match 3-0. Matt Franke (8-0) and Adam Kessler (8-0) each won in singles, while Alex Galle and Zack Zagester (8-0) won a doubles match.
Dogs crush Cardinals
Columbus North closed out its final Conference Indiana match of the season in dominating fashion, losing just two games en route to a 5-0 blanking of Southport.
Kevin Luo played No. 1 singles for the first time this season for the Bull Dogs (10-3, 5-2) and rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win. Raul Jha and Jake Likens also posted shutouts at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Luke Red and Nick Littrell posted a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, while Mitchell Miller and Aditya Mantri cruised 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
The North JV won 4-0. Singles winners were Harrison Kirsch (6-2) and Stephen Mulberg (6-0), while doubles winners were Nick Birch-Blake Helston (6-2) and Sam Heale-Christopher George.
Hauser handled by Pirates
GREENSBURG — Hauser journeyed to Greensburg and was beaten by the Pirates 4-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of Josh Elliot and Andrew Brod garnered the Jets’ lone point, prevailing 7-5, 1-6, (12-10).
Kyle Benedict lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Will Rose fell 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Joel Benedict lost 6-3, 6-5 at No. 3 singles. Zane Urbans and Alex Saylor fell 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Adam Carr won 8-3 in junior varsity action.
North stays unbeaten
INDIANAPOLIS — Fourth-ranked Columbus North remained unbeaten with a 4-1 Conference Indiana win at Perry Meridian.
Tony Gonzalez scored three goals, and Chris Gorbett added one for the Bull Dogs (8-0-1, 5-0). Andre Abedian, Brad Shaw and Riley Belding had assists.
North won the JV game 4-0 on goals from Jarrett Stark, Byron Barger, Andrew Golf and Ed Meyer.
Jets edge Columbus Christian
Hauser used a goal from Lee Hamilton to down Columbus Christian 1-0.
Christian Case had the assist. Nick Johnson recorded seven saves.
NEW ALBANY — It took five sets, but Columbus East remained undefeated after rallying for a 25-14, 19-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9 Hoosier Hills Conference win over New Albany.
The Class 4A No. 3 Olympians (13-0, 2-0), were paced by Sara Bean with 23 kills and 24 digs. Micayla Speidel and Erin Mack joined in with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, along with four blocks apiece. The O’s also got 46 assists and 14 digs from Faith Meyers, while Courtney Ping had 15 digs.
East won the reserve (15-13, 15-11) battle, but lost the freshmen (17-25, 25-24, 17-15) contest.
Kiersten Warren paced the reserves with nine kills and three blocks. Katie Mack and Brooke Statler led the freshmen with 13 and 11 kills, respectively.
Bull Dogs gall
BROWNSTOWN — Columbus North faced a tough task in 3A No. 7 Brownstown Central and fell 25-13, 25-13, 25-6.
Quin Shoultz returned from an injury and led the Bull Dogs (3-11) with 11 assists. Janelle Peters pounded five kills, and Alexa Pelley had eight digs.
North lost the JV match 25-17, 25-19 and the freshman match 25-18, 25-11.
Jets cage Cougars
GREENSBURG — Hauser bounced back from a loss earlier this week with a 25-17, 25-16 25-17 Mid-Hoosier Conference victory at South Decatur.
The Jets (10-4, 3-1), got 18 kills and seven blocks from Lauren Gross and 19 assists from Mikala Greenlee. Danielle Giles paced the defense with 22 digs, while Paige Miller recorded three aces.
The Jets won the JV 25-16, 25-17. Miller had seven digs, Ellie Trotter tallied 17 assists and Maranda Knight contributed seven kills.
Megan Kelsay had 18 assists and Lucy Hearne added 16 to help Jennings County beat South Ripley 25-13, 25-10, 25-7.
Emily Ertel paced the Panthers up front with 11 kills, while Emma Campbell and Mariah Kinney each registered seven. Campbell also had three blocks, and Dani Kirchner contributed seven digs and four aces.
Jennings won the JV game 25-9, 25-5.
Eagles soar past Lancers
NASHVILLE — Brown County handed Edinburgh just its third loss of the season, beating the Lancers 25-19, 25-16, 25-21.
Edinburgh (15-3) got 11 kills and five blocks from Abby Bryant. Jennifer Stinson added 10 kills, while Maile Cox recorded 18 assists.
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