Singles carry Owls past Braves in boys tennis


A solid singles lineup pays dividends in the postseason.

The Seymour boys tennis team claimed all three spots to claim a 3-2 sectional semifinals win against Brownstown Central on Friday.

Today, the Owls (9-7) will meet Scottsburg in the championship bout.

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“I was really proud of our three singles across the board,” Seymour coach Jennifer Miller said. “They played the way they needed to, securing the points to win. That’s the beauty of tennis — it only takes three points.”

The Owls cruised through the singles competition.

At No. 1, senior Alex Berry topped Brownstown Central senior Luke Cobb 6-0, 6-0.

In the No. 2 spot, junior Ty McCory secured a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Braves sophomore Ethan Carlin.

Seymour sophomore Adam Berry secured a 6-2, 6-1 win versus sophomore Ethan Wischmeier.

“They came out very motivated,” Miller said of the singles players. “They were looking really good in warmups and their serves were on. That was key at No. 1 and No. 2. They dictated the points and it paid off.”

While it took a pair of extra sets, the Braves (8-8) took the doubles matches.

The Braves senior duo of Sam Hoff and Sy Zickler won a marathon match — 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 — against Owls seniors Grant Handloser and Johnny Rennekamp.

With the win, Hoff and Zickler secured a spot in the individual sectional which commences on Tuesday at Bedford North Lawrence.

Brownstown Central coach Scott Dittmer wants to see a faster start in the doubles team’s next matchup.

“They’re going to need to play better than they did today,” Dittmer admitted. “There were a lot of mishits and they weren’t moving their feet. They need to get after it. They played a lot of defensive tennis today, and I think we need to be aggressive and go out and win points.”

The Braves No. 2 doubles team of sophomores Jackson Lahrman and Gunnar Zickler also pulled-out a three set victory, defeating Sam Schmidt 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-1.

“No. 1 doubles played really sloppy in the first set, but I think they were pretty much in control after taking the second,” Dittmer said. “Our No. 2 doubles have played a lot of third sets but have struggled rallying back. It was really good to see them get the win today.”

Cobb, Sy Zickler and Hoff represented the class of 2017 in the starting lineup.

The Braves will return a handful of players next fall, and Dittmer is optimistic for the future.

“We have a core group of sophomores who will be returning,” Dittmer said. “I’m hoping they see a lot of court time in the off season and continue to improve. Having those five guys playing together for the next two years will be great.”

Scottsburg swept Austin 5-0 to advance to the championship match.

The Warriors edged the Owls earlier in the season, but it’s a different look for the home team this go around.

“Their lineup is a little different,” Miller said. “We will have to see how we match up at No. 2 singles and at No. 1 doubles. With the changes they have it won’t be the same.

“Adam, Alex and Ty all had success in last year’s championship. They want to get back-to-back titles, and hopefully that confidence will carry through (today).”

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