Owls end skid


The Seymour Owls boys tennis team won 4-1 in a Hoosier Hills Conference matchup against Madison on Thursday evening.

The Owls’ victory ended the team’s four-game losing streak.

Owls coach Brad Emerson said the win will help the team regain some confidence.

“We’ve got a couple matches coming up Monday and Tuesday that again on paper we should win, and that will get our record more respectable,” he said.

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Emerson said he believed his team was better than its 1-6 record.

“Sometimes a 1-6 record is a little misleading depending on who you play,” Emerson said. “Out of that 1-6 we played two teams we should have beaten and we could be 3-3, so it’s good to get back on the right foot and hopefully in the next few matches, we will win more.”

The Owls had several strong outings through the evening. Alex Berry — No. 1 singles — quickly defeated Madison’s Riley McGarry 6-0, 6-1.

Berry said he was happy with the way he played.

“It feels pretty good (getting the win). I feel I hit the ball pretty well and he hit a lot of short balls I was able to put away, so that was good,” he said. “When he hit the short balls, I could use my forehand to put the ball away and tried to keep the point as short as possible.

“We’ve had some pretty tough competition the last week or so, this team is about our level so, we’re all playing pretty well.”

Ty McCory dropped his match against Madison’s Ceaton Bowman 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.

McCory started strong in the first set but began to battle foot pain in the second set.

McCory has had foot issues the past few games and even had to default against New Albany on Tuesday evening.

Emerson said McCory will sit out during Saturday’s tournament at Shelbyville and possibly during Monday’s match against Edinburgh.

“We want to help alleviate that pain as much as possible,” Emerson said. “We just want to make sure he’s ready for conference and then sectionals in a couple of weeks.”

Adam Berry gave another strong performance for the Owls, as he defeated Cooper Yancey 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.

Berry quickly won the first set before battling the second.

Grant Handloser and Josiah Rudge defeated Madison’s Christian Brown and Zach Burnett 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Emerson said he was proud of the two for battling back to win the last set.

Hao Li and Sam Voss won their first match of the year against Madison’s Patrick Grady and Clay Vaughn, 6-2, 6-3.

Emerson said he was happy for Li and Voss, who have come up short this season even though they’ve had great efforts.

“They’ve played together as a team for about three or four matches this year and they seem to work well together,” he said. “They’ve had a couple three-set losses, so it was nice to see them get a victory.”

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