2013 Boys Tennis
I am excited for the challenges we will face this year. In order for us to be successful, we will need the players to push themselves to be prepared to compete. The players are working hard and are improving each day. Will our experienced players help lead this team? Will our new varsity players compete with confidence. Will we play well enough in Jeffersonville to get an invitation back? Will we defend the CIC title? I believe all of these questions can be answered with a YES. A lot of teams are looking for revenge from last season. I can’t wait to see what type of team we become.
We should have plenty of help this season. Several people are willing to help us keep moving our program forward. I appreciate their help and understand their importance! Along with Coach Kristie Oke, you will see Coach Fratus, Stephen Jeffries, Deb Oke at the courts helping from time to time.
On Thursday, we scrimmaged Lapel. I thought we played with a very good effort. We competed well against a good team. We will work to keep improving during the season. Next week, we will take the next steps in our journey.
On Monday, we opened our season with a 3-2 win over Bluffton. Our experienced players helped lead the way. The players new to varsity are still learning to get comfortable on the court. Tonight’s match will give us another chance to keep leaning.
On Tuesday, we traveled to Adams Central. Where we escaped with a 3-2 win. Jacob Kirby and Jacob May gave us an early 2-0 lead. After the doubles teams dropped their matches, Colton Shipley secured the 3rd point for the team by fighting through a tough first set. #1 Doubles showed improvement. The JV team lost 6-0.
On Monday, we played at Kokomo High school. Jacob May did not give up a game in his victory. Colton won his match 6-4, 6-3 to give us a 2-0 lead. The lead slipped away as we fought to gain the next position. Kokomo 3 Mississinewa 2. The JV team dropped to 0-3 on the season and is looking to get their first point.
On Tuesday, we traveled to Western. Again, we got off to a 2-0 lead with Colton and JacobMay winning their singles matches. JacobKirby and Alex/Griffin played better than last night and pushed their opponents to play at a higher level but still came up short. We are still working to play better each night.
On Thursday, we traveled to Northwestern. Our singles players had a short night of work, winning quickly to give us a 3-0 lead. Both doubles teams split sets to extend their matches into 3rd sets. Both doubles teams played their best match of the season but came up slightly short of victory. The JV team lost 5-0.
On Tuesday, we hosted Marion. We got off to a slower start but even though we finished stronger, we lost 5-0. We were competitive in the second sets…which shows we can compete with the Giants. The second sets scores for varsity were 3-6, 4-6, 5-7, 0-6, 4-6. We will continue to work to improve upon this outcome.
The JV team lost 5-0.
On Wednesday, we hosted Madison Grant to play our first conference match. The 3 singles players won quickly to give us an early 3-0 lead. The doubles teams played competitive matches. Alex/Griffin took control of the match in the 3rd set by winning 5 of the last 6 games to capture their first varsity win.
Matthias won his first match of the season by winning his singles match 4-2, 4-1. The JV lost 4-1. All 3 doubles matches went into 3rd set tie-breaks.
On Thursday, we hosted Blackford. The 4-1 win gave us a 2-0 record in the conference Colton finished as everyone else was completing their first set. JacobM and JacobK won with little trouble to give us a 3-0 lead. Both doubles teams played a first set tie-break. Brandon/Nick won their tie-break 12-10 and then won the second set, giving them their first win of their high school careers. Alex/Griffin dropped a heart breaker 7-6(7-5), 7-5.
The JV Team won 2-1. Matthias won his singles match, for the second straight night. Dalton/Connor won a 3rd set tie-break to seal the team win.
On Saturday, we played in the FW Carroll Tournament. In the first round, we were defeated by #6 Canterbury 5-0. In the second round, we played very well against a strong team, Concord HS (Elkhart). Our players pushed themselves and forced their opponents to earn all of their points. Jacob May won his singles match. In the third round, we lost 3-2 to Plainfield. We played a with a little fatigue. Colton and Jacob May won their matches. It was a good day for us, even though we did not come back with a team victory. I am sure this will help us during up-coming matches.
On Wednesday, we travelled to Maconaquah, where we lost 3-2. Colton and JacobM won their singles matches and gave up a total of 1 game to give us a 2-0 lead yet again. The JV team lost 3-0.
On Monday, we traveled to Alexandria to play another conference match. JacobK, Colton, and JacobM captured straight-sets wins to secure the team win. Alex/Brandon are improving each match. Connor filled in for ailing Nick with Griffin. The win tonight moves us to 3-0 in the CIC.
The JV Team lost 4-0.
On Saturday, we played in the Jeffersonville Invitational. We took 7th of 8 teams. Jacob May took 3rd place in his bracket with a 2-1 record. Colton took 4th place in his bracket with a 2-1 record. We were able to play some nice competition.
The JV also played some very strong competition. Matthias won one of his matches.
On Monday, we played at Elwood, where we won 4-1. Colton and JacobMay gave us an early 2-0 lead. Jacob Kirby won 9 straight after being down 4-3 in the first set. Griffin/Nick took over after losing the first set to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.
Dalton won the only singles match played.
On Wednesday, we played for the conference championship against 14-1 Frankton. After a good start on all of the courts, we started losing some ground. JacobK and Colton won their first sets. Jacob May had to default his match due to an injury. Colton won his match in 3 sets. It was our first conference defeat since the fall of 2006.
The JV team lost 5-0.
On Saturday, we played in the Lebanon Tourney. During the first round, we played a strong Perry Meridian team. Jacob May just came up short of giving us a point in the match. His opponent fought off 2 separate match points 3rd set tie-break. The JV Team did not win a position either. In the second round, we defeated Kankakee Valley 4-1. Jacob Kirby had to play one of the top players in the state (Luke Sanderson). Jacob May teamed with Branodn at doubles (Jacob is still feeling the physical affects of Wednesday’s match). Alex jumped in and played #3S, where he accepted the challenge and overcame a 4-1 2nd set deficit to win 7-5, 6-4. The JV Team won 2-1. Dalton and Connor won their matches.