The Kats had a big night last night in facing a very solid Lafayette Jeff squad in a situation where both teams were hungry and playing for the #2 seed in the West. Kokomo would play solid tennis, clenching the #2 seed with a 3-2 win. Though a 3-2, it nearly ended in a 4-1 victory.
Jeff boasted a very solid and consistent singles squad. This didn’t faze Jon Callane as he came away with a 6-0, 6-0 win at #1. Jon took care of business in about 30 minutes and helped set the tone for the rest of the night.
Next to strike was the #1 doubles team of Drew Swain and Miki Sanchez. These guys dominated from start to finish in their 6-3, 6-1 win.
The #2 doubles team of Jacob Walker and Brandon Hansen sealed the deal for the Kats in their 6-1, 6-4 win. These guys kept their foot on the gas and withstood a late push from their opponents.
Taylor Duncan also had a great night with a very tough match. Taylor’s opponent got hotter and hotter as the match progressed. Taylor took the first set by the score of 6-2, and lost the second in a very competitive tie break by the score of 7-6 (7-5). Because the team match was already decided, a super tie break was played in lieu of the third set. This was a little disheartening to Taylor as he loves to go the distance and his fitness is such a priority. The tie break option is the expected and considerate thing to do when the match is determined, the night is late, and the other team has a long trip ahead of them. The super breaker wouldn’t disappoint as both guys knocked each other back and forth fighting off match points. In the end Taylor came up just shy in a 12-10 battle, but I am very proud of how he battled and competed. Way to go Taylor!
At #3 singles, Ty Lauderbaugh came off of an excellent weekend of high level play, but tonight just wasn’t his night. His opponent played great, and Ty just couldn’t get it going. Ty did make adjustments and battled to the end.
The JV dropped a heartbreaker last night losing many close matches in a 6-5 loss. Winners included Jayleb Walsh in singles and the doubles teams of Ari Leger/C.J. Washburn, Austin Ferraro/Karson Parrott, Drake Hester/ Eric Swain and Linkin Brock/Alan Dockemeyer.
– Coach Flanary