Owls sweep Scottsburg in sectional opener



Coach Brad Emerson was hoping his Seymour tennis team wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time on the hot Seymour High School courts Wednesday battling Scottsburg in the opening round of the sectional.

The Owls took care of business in short order by winning all five positions in straight sets for a 5-0 win.

Emerson said he liked the way the Owls started out as they had also topped the Warriors 5-0 during the season.

“I’m happy with the boys’ play,” he said. “They got on the court against a pretty good team. You never know with Scottsburg being an athletic team as they are. They can give you fits.”

The Owls’ focus played a key role in sweeping the Warriors and advancing to the next round.

“I think our guys came in focused, and we got done with the points early and got off the court early,” Emerson said. “Especially with the heat and it being as warm as it is, it was important that we didn’t expend a ton of energy.”

In singles, Vincent Camboulas defeated Ryan Gibson 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1, Isaac Hardin whipped David Gaffney 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 and Braden Handloser was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Blake Drury at No.3.

Emerson said the singles players had good ground strokes and served aggressive.

Will Rinehart and Brandon Hubbard were 6-1, 6-1 winners over Joe Neace and Cole Atha at one doubles, and Trey Hohenstreiter and Andrew Levine topped Elijah Carr and Colin Ray 6-1, 6-3 at two doubles.

“I’d like to see the doubles teams get to the net a little bit quicker,” Emerson said. “We have a tendency to want to have one guy stay back and try to trade ground strokes. We’ll keep working on that, and hopefully, we’ll get through the next match in good shape and work on some things, as well, and hopefully make it to Friday.”

The Owls (15-2) will play Trinity Lutheran and Brownstown Central will face Austin in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. today.

Seymour and Trinity did not play during the season. Austin edged Brownstown 3-2 in a Mid-Southern Conference match Monday.

“I told the guys, and I say this every year, we’re the only ones that can beat ourselves,” Emerson said. “If we play our game, I feel pretty confident that we should win.”

Today’s winners will play Friday for the championship.

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Seymour 5, Scottsburg 0

No.1 singles: Vincent Camboulas (S) def. Ryan Gibson (Sc) 6-4, 6-3

No. 3 singles: Isaac Hardin (S) def. David Gaffney (Sc) 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 singles: Braden Handloser (S) def. Blake Drury (Sc) 6-3, 6-1

No. 1 doubles: Will Rinehart and Brandon Hubbard (S) def. Joe Neace and Cole Atha (Sc) 6-1, 6-1

No. 2 doubles: Trey Hohenstreiter and Andrew Levine (S) def. Elijah Carr and Colin Ray (Sc) 6-1, 6-3

Record: Seymour 15-2


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