Boys’ tennis defeats rival Jeff to win regionals

By Maddie Miyahara

On Wednesday the boys’ tennis team defeated Jeffersonville with it all coming down to one set.

The entire match was close with the score going back and forth the whole time.

First, senior Alex Martin was defeated by no. 1 singles Jordy Rigsby 6-2, 6-1.

The boys’ tennis team celebrates after winning regionals on Wednesday. They defeated rival Jeffersonville. Photo by Maddie Miyahara.

Just after the team was feeling slightly defeated our no. 1 doubles team senior Drew Hussung and junior Jack Stoner swept Jeff players Chase Kayrouz and Justin Padgett. This brought the match to a tie of 1-1.

Junior Ryan Plunkett, no. 3 singles beat Brock Winchell 6-3, 6-3, giving the team a lead.

When they were starting to feel more confident, senior Codie Endris and his partner junior Andrew Nguyen lost to Sam Coward and Jack Reilly 7-6, (9-7), 6-4. This once again tied the match 2-2, bringing the whole thing down to one match.

The whole crowd stood at one court to watch senior Justin Batliner take on Austin Hunt. Hunt suffered an ankle injury during the second set, but he continued to play. It came down to a tie breaker. Batliner defeated Hunt, winning regionals for the Highlanders.

This is the first time this season the team has defeated the Red Devils after losing to them twice in the regular season. However, the boys pulled through when it mattered. They earned a 23rd regional title.

The team advances to semi-state and will play undefeated Jasper at Jasper on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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