For The Tribune
The Seymour boys tennis team evened its season record to 4-4 by defeating Edinburgh 4-1 on the Seymour courts Monday afternoon.
Edinburgh had only six players, as Seymour’s Ty McCory won by forfeit at No. 2 singles.
Seymour players winning at singles were Adam Berry at No. 1 and Isaac Hardin at No. 3.
Berry topped Colton Henderson 6-3, 6-1, while Hardin’s win came against Ryan Gaston 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.
Seymour’s other point came from the No. 1 doubles team of Will Rinehart and Sam Schmidt, with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Trey Hohnestreiter and Pablo Jimenez lost at No. 2 doubles.
“Adam played well enough to win, and Isaac ended up going three sets and got bageled in the second set,” Owls coach Brad Emerson said. “That wasn’t a good match on his part, but give credit to Isaac. He came back and did well enough to win that third set. His serve improved. He stopped bombing the first one and started getting more second ones in.”
Emerson said his team didn’t play as sharp as he had hoped.
“We didn’t play particularly good tennis,” he said. “We played well enough to win. We played down to their level, and they had guys that got the ball back and made us work.
“I think going in we were a little overconfident, and they started getting a lot of balls back. We tried to start over-doing things, and changing things, and that runs you into trouble sometimes.”
Emerson said Rinehart and Schmidt dominated their match.
“No. 1 doubles was more aggressive tonight,” he said. “It was a better serving night for them, and they were better on the volleys. Serving was an issue with No. 2 doubles. It hasn’t been in the past, but tonight it was.
“I tell these kids that they’ve got to figure it out during the match. They’ve got to know how to make the adjustments.”
The Owls also competed in the Shelbyville Invite on Saturday.
Berry played No. 2 singles and reached the championship match, losing to a player from Westfield in the finals.
McCory was 2-1 at No. 1 singles, and Hardin was 1-2 at No. 3 singles. Rinehart and Schmidt also went 2-1. Jimenez and Hohnestreiter were 1-1, and Hohnestreiter and Brandon Hubbard were 0-1.
The Owls will host Brown County today.