Owls, Braves to meet in tennis sectional finals


Seymour and Brownstown Central advanced to today’s championship match of the Seymour boys tennis sectional by posting semifinals wins Friday afternoon.

Seymour edged Scottsburg 3-2, and Brownstown was a 4-1 winner over Austin.

The Owls (12-4) and the Braves (13-2) did not play during the season, as their match was rained out.

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Owls coach Brad Emerson said his team needs to play consistent.

“We’re just going to have to make sure we’re consistent, we’re not making mistakes,” Emerson said. “We’re going to have to make sure we’re forcing the issue a little bit where we’re getting them into making the errors, and stay aggressive. That’s the main thing. You can’t out and start pushing the ball and not hitting out on your shots.

“In doubles we’ve got to play like we did today, especially at one. Stay aggressive and keep on attacking, and make sure we play our game.”

Friday, Adam Berry won at No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Camden Jones, Brandon Hubbard and Will Rinehart posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles, and Sam Schmidt and Andrew Levine won 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles.

“It was a good win,” Emerson said. “We lost to them 3-2 in the beginning of the season so coming back this was a satisfying win. Adam did well. (Jones) played his heart out. They’re two players that are just like two peas in a pod and very similar in style.

“I’m really happy with our doubles teams coming through, especially two doubles,” Emerson said. “They got a little lax at times but they came back and took control, got the break in that second set and cruised to victory so I’m happy with that.”

Seymour’s Isaac Hardin had cramps in the third set of his No. 2 singles match and defaulted.

The Braves swept the singles, as Ethan Carlin was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Joseph Smith at No. 1, Ethan Wischmeier topped Gavin Parker 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2, and Kelian East outlasted Josh Gabbard 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) at No. 3.

Braves Gunnar Zickler and Jackson Lahrman picked up a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles.

“That last match, it was nice to see our three singles get a win,” Braves coach Mitchell Taylor said. “Kelian didn’t get to play much varsity this year and he stepped up and got his first varsity win. It’s nice to see that.

“Our one and two singles, they’re both seniors and they came out really focused and won both in straight sets and I think they knew what they had to do to get a win tonight and they brought it.”

Zickler and Lahrman trailed 5-2 in the first set before they rallied to win.

“They were just a little shaky at first,” Taylor said. “I think they were a little nervous but once they got the nerves out they started to relax and play tennis the way they know how. Luckily they figured that out before they lost the first set.”

This match also counted as a Mid-Southern Conference match, and the Braves finished 7-2 in the MSC.

Today’s championship will commence at 10 a.m.

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