Owls fall to Bull Dogs in regional semifinals

BLOOMINGTON

Seymour boys tennis ran into the buzzsaw that is the 14th-ranked Columbus North boys tennis team.

The Owls fought hard the whole way but fell short when their season ended Tuesday with a 5-0 loss in the Bloomington North Regional semifinals.

Seymour coach Brad Emerson said that he was proud of how his team performed this season.

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"I think we did very well. We got second in our (Hoosier Hills) conference," Emerson said. "I think our guys exceeded our expectations a couple times over. We started gelling toward the end. The guys can’t hang their chins at all. They came out, and they played their hardest today."

At No. 1 singles, North’s Kevin Lin defeated Adam Berry 6-0, 6-0. In the No. 2 singles match, Bhavey Jain defeated Isaac Hardin 6-3, 6-2.

The most competitive match on the scoreboard was the No. 3 singles match between Seymour’s Trey Hohenstreiter and the Bull Dogs’ Eamon Ma. Ma took a close first set 6-4 and then prevailed 6-2 in the second set.

At No. 1 doubles, North’s Adam Saad and Nathan Lin beat Brandon Hubbard and Will Rinehart 6-2, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Joey Zhao and Matthew Liu defeated Sam Schmidt and Andrew Levine 6-1, 6-0.

"No. 1 doubles we were in it in each game but we just couldn’t get over the hump," Emerson said. "Overall, I thought our guys competed well."

Seymour, which finished 13-5, loses Berry and Schmidt for next season, but returns the other five starters.

"We have good athletes that play tennis. We have guys from our JV that will come up and take spots," Emerson said. "We definitely need to play in tournaments and play in the offseason and work hard. We competed well, and they exceeded way beyond expectations."