Owls dispatch HHC rival Madison



The Seymour boys tennis team continued their winning ways against Hoosier Hills Conference opponents defeating Madison, 4-1, Thursday on their home courts.

“We had a good effort in three of the positions,” Owls’ coach Brad Emerson said.

Seymour’s No. 1 doubles team of Trey Hohenstreiter and Andrew Levine were the first players off the courts with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Emerson Carpenter and Matt Burchardt.

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“One doubles played aggressive," Emerson said. "Their competition wasn’t that great. Sometimes when you play that level you’re game might slip but they stayed pretty aggressive and won a lot of easy points.

"The same with Will (Rinehart) at three singles."

Vincent Caboulas topped Haniah Kring 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Rinehart was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Payton Owen at three singles.

“Vincent started playing a little smarter," Emerson said. "In the beginning of the match he started smacking the ball and tried to overpower the kid. I told him, ‘just start hitting topspin, just get the ball back,’ and then the other kid started making a ton of mistakes.”

Isaac Hardin fell to Quinten Humes 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 at No. 2 singles, while Owls Brandon Handloser and Eli Myers won by forfeit at two doubles.

“Isaac just had one of those nights and it snowballed," Emerson explained. "It didn’t start out well and it just went downhill from there. He had his chances in the tiebreaker but he was just missing. He wasn’t moving his feet, the energy wasn’t there."

Emerson noted the heat might have played a factor with Hardin’s performance. 

“He’s played a lot of tough tennis and in a lot of heat this season," he said. "Maybe it just all came together and hit the fan tonight.”

The Owls (8-1 overall and 4-1 against HHC teams) will play in the Shelbyville Invite Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

“We’re going to have to play well," Emerson said if the Owls want to win the invite. "Westfield is up there and they’re ranked in the state. They usually get the trophy each year. I think we’ve got the team this year that can compete for that trophy."

The Shamrocks are tied for eighth in the state according to the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association. 

“It will be good competition," Emerson said. "Greensburg will be there, they’re always pretty tough, and Shelbyville has a lot of kids that can compete. It’s nice to see some other kids and see how we stack up against them.”

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