Seymour tennis rolls past Waldron

The Seymour tennis team dominated Waldron in the serving department, at the net and on the baseline for a 5-0 win in the season opener for both teams on the Owls’ courts Monday afternoon.

“I liked the way we played. We had to fill in a spot. We lost one senior (Andrew Levine). That’s a hard spot to fill, but we had to do what we had to do and move people around and see what works best for the team as a whole,” head coach Brandon Davis said. “I think they all knew what they needed to do, and they came out and played with a purpose. They did what they did best and they played good tennis so I couldn’t ask for anything else for their first match of the season.”

Davis said they got in position to hit strong backhands.

“They were able to get where they needed to be to hit good shots,” he said. “They played smart, they were patient, they waited for good, winning shots instead of just waiting to hit power shots every time. They had good net play.”

All five seniors on the SHS roster saw action with Eli Meyer beating Lucas Shaw 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, Hunter Heckman was a 6-1, 6-4 victor over Jack Fisher at No. 2, and Reuben Kruse blanked Caiden Young 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.

Kruse said he enjoyed playing singles after playing doubles last season.

“I like playing singles. It’s more stamina-based than doubles because you’re getting to every ball,” he said. “You’re trying to put balls away more consistently in singles. I feel like I was being a lot more aggressive than he was. I did have a little bit more experience. (Young) is a freshman.”

Kruse said he likes to start strong by winning the first set, and he also wants to work on his backhand going forward.

Senior Jack VonDielingen teamed up with Joe Schmidt for a 6-1, 6-0 win over Josh Kellems and Jacob Lindsey at No. 1 doubles, and senior Trevor Alberring and Parker Thompson defeated Connor Hinchman and Matt Thomas 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2.

The Owls travel to Bloomington North today, host Providence Thursday and go to Scottsburg Friday.

“This is a big week for us. With two home matches and two away matches it should be fun,” Kruse said.

Davis said, “We have to be strong (at Bloomington). They have very good singles players, good doubles players. They are just a good team. Bloomington teams are always hard to beat so we need to just be aggressive and we need to swing and be patient, and we need to be smart about what we do.”

Seymour’s Drew Handloser, Shun Takeuchi and Xavier DuBois won their junior varsity singles matches, while Dylan Thompson and Joel Stevens, and Ross Pumphrey and Ethan Alberring won their JV doubles matches.