Owls silence Shelbyville, remain unbeaten



Going into the fall tennis season, coach Brad Emerson felt confident his Seymour team could get off to a strong start, and with the 4-1 win over Shelbyville at home Tuesday, the Owls are 4-0.

“I was hoping we’d be here with a 4-0 start,” he said. “I knew some of the teams had lost some quality and with the incoming foreign exchange student (Vincent Camboulas) at one, I knew that would help us out quite a bit, and he has.

“We’ve had solid play out of Isaac (Hardin) at two, and Braden (Handloser) is starting to come on. He had a little bit of a slow start and lost his first two matches, but he’s won the last two so I think he’s starting to feel a little more comfortable at three."

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The doubles matches both went to tiebreakers with Owls Will Rinehart and Brandon Hubbard winning 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) 10-8 at No. 1, while Seymour’s Trey Hohenstreiter and Andrew Levine fell short at No. 2 0-6, 6-4, 10-7.

Emerson said, “We’ve got to get one doubles to come out a little bit stronger. They came out kind of sleep-walking through the first set, and then they find themselves in a little bit of a battle, so we’ve got to get them to wake up a little bit sooner.

“Two doubles dominated that first set, and then I think they took it for granted and the other team picked up their game and we fell down and then it was just kind of over from there. They never got that mojo back.

“But overall I‘m real happy with the 4-0 start.”

Emerson said he liked how aggressive the singles players were with their serves.

“Isaac was serving well, Vincent was serving well, and they were taking care of that short ball especially, the one that they needed to take care of and put it away," Emerson said. “Braden doesn’t have the put away shots, but as long as he can stay steady and keep hitting the ball back and make his opponent have to hit one more shot and move the ball around he’ll be fine.

“We played well in the singles all the way around, so I’m pleased with that.”

The Owls will play host to Jennings County Thursday.

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