BLOOMINGTON — Seymour’s Jack VonDielingen and Joe Schmidt just keep on winning.
The one doubles tandem has a record of 23-1 this season with their most recent victory coming in the IHSAA state tournament individuals bracket for one doubles at the Bloomington South Regional.
VonDielingen and Schmidt topped Greensburg’s one doubles team 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to advance.
After a solid first set, the Seymour duo had a lead in the second set before allowing Greensburg to battle back and take the second set.
In the crossover to the third set, VonDielingen and Schmidt took time to regroup.
“We just knew we had to keep fighting,” VonDielingen said. “We knew we were the better team, and we weren’t playing our best (in the second set). We just had to do whatever it takes to advance.”
The Owls dropped the first game in the second set, but then they rattled off two-straight to gain the advantage.
From there, Seymour just had to win every other game, and they did just that to close it out.
“Trying to get up to the net as much as we can,” Schmidt said on why they succeeded Wednesday night. “I think when we’re up there, we don’t lose a lot of points. They were figuring out how to get around it a bit tonight, hitting at our feet and stuff. So we switched things up, keeping them guessing.”
Seymour does do a lot of its damage up at the net, and whenever Schmidt or VonDielingen smash an overhand, it gives them confidence. VonDielingen will let out a roar for the both of them while Schmidt keeps a straight face.
“It definitely gives me a lot of confidence,” Schmidt said.
VonDielingen reached the individual doubles tournament last season with Eli Meyer, so he’s had experience in this setting.
“We knew what the environment is like. It’s going to be loud, we just have to focus each point,” VonDielingen said.
The Owls will now play their third match in as many days later this evening back at Bloomington High School South.
VonDielingen and Schmidt will take on the one doubles team from Bloomington North, who beat Scottsburg on Wednesday.
Seymour beat them earlier this season, but Bloomington North has switched up one of their doubles players from the last meeting.
“We’re gonna bring the energy, hit a big first, come up to the net and put it away quick,” VonDielingen said.
The winner of today’s match will continue their postseason on Oct. 15 at Bedford North Lawrence.