Owls dominate Shelbyville

Playing their fourth match in as many days, Seymour earned their third win of the week Thursday.

The Owls (8-5) swept the doubles positions to pull out a 3-2 victory over Shelbyville on their home courts.

At No. 1 singles, Serbian foreign exchange student Andrija Martinovich came out with a 6-1, 6-1 over Evan Phares for the Owls.

It was Martinovch’s second match of the season for the Owls, as he recently completed enough practices to be eligible for competition.

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“Having Andrija in there for his second match really helped,” Owls coach Brad Emerson said. “He’s a very accomplished player that has all the shots. He’s the real deal and it showed, he played a good player tonight. I applaud his efforts.”

Ty McCory took care of Luke Foltz 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles while Adam Berry swept Bryce Asher 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles for the Owls.

“I’m glad that Ty and Adam could get off the courts early,” Emerson said. “They’ve both played four matches this week already.”

Both doubles matches went to third set super tiebreakers.

Connor Phelps and Luke Asher picked up the first set over Sam Schmidt and Isaac Hardin 6-1 before the Owls claimed the second at 6-3.

The Owls dug themselves a hole in the third set, falling 10-6.

At No. 2 doubles, the Owls’ Will Rinehart and Pablo Jiminez played a match that nearly lasted 2.5 hours with Matthew Bunton and Layton Stienker.

SHS took the first set 7-5 before dropping the next by the same score.

In the tiebreak, they lost to the Golden Bears 10-6.

It was the second time that the newly formed doubles teams had played together.

“We just didn’t put shots away when we had opportunities,” Emerson said. “We had a lot of freebies with double faults. We need to solve that for next week (sectional).”

Today, the Owls will host Bedford North Lawrence for the final round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

They will return to the lineup they played Monday and Wednesday, with Martinovich out of the rotation.

The winner of the HHC matchup will place fifth in the tourney while the loser gets sixth.