Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Greensburg High School
Bloomington High School North
Greensburg travled the long road to Bloomington North High School on Tuesday evening to take on the host in the IHSAA Regional. The 12th ranked Cougars were able to take down the Pirates by a 4-1 score.
Getting the Pirates their lone win was Tucker Bailey and Sam Bower at #2 doubles. The All-EIAC pair opened up winning the first 3 games of match with solid aggressive play. A small letdown allowed the Cougar pair to win 2 games before Bailey/Bower shut them down, winning the first set 6-2. In the second set, the Bloomington pair tried to temper the aggressive play of the Pirates by going to a lob game. That stragety worked early as the Pirate duo fell behing 3-2 before getting back on track, winning the final 4 games and the set 6-3. “Tucker and Sam really became a very good doubles team as the year went on. They end the year with a 19-5 record.”
The rest of the team match was all Bloomington North. Kyle Sellers was matched up agains an All-State player from last year in Max Rogers. Sellers battled but in the end Rogers pulled away with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. “Kyle ends the season with a 21-3 record. For his career, Kyle was 63-31, 3-time All-EIAC, 2-time EIAC MVP, all at #1 Singles. Kyle has been a model for our program the last 4-years, he will be really missed.”
At Second singles, Trevor Foster dropped his match 6-0, 6-0. “Trevor just ran into a buzz saw. Foster had a great year for the Pirates earning a record of 20 wins and just 4 losses.”
At #3 Singles, Brett Stringer fell short by a 6-0, 6-1 score. “As a freshman, Brett stepped into the Varsity lineup in what turned out to be a very competitive postion. It seemed that every team had a solid #3 player this year. Brett faced some great comptition and ended the season with a record of 15-7.”
At #1 Doubles, Logan Smith and Ben Duerstock dropped their match 6-0, 6-1. “Most teams anymore load up their #1 doubles team as they have a change to advance in the post season, so Logan and Ben also faced some very good teams this year. They end the season with a very good 19-6 record.”
“This team, from the very start, was a blast to work with. They work hard, have fun both on and off the court, and love the game. We go 17-2, win the Hagerstown Invite, win the EIAC team title, win the Sectional for the 7th straight year, and place 3rd in the 8-team Shelbyville invite. By all measures, we had a very fine season, I couldn’t ask for much more from them”, said Coach Bailey.