Boys All Levels Tennis
Game Summaries & Headlines.
JASPER, Ind. – Junior Adam Saad and freshman Nathan Lin pulled out a three-set victory at No. 1 doubles Saturday (Oct. 6), lifting the Columbus North boys tennis team to a 3-2 triumph over Castle in the Jasper 1 Semi-State and a berth in the IHSAA team State Finals.
Senior Kevin Lin as well as the doubles tandem of junior Joey Zhao and freshman Matthew Liu also posted points for the Bull Dogs, who improved to 14-3 for the season and claimed the program’s sixth semi-state title. CN’s previous semi-state crowns came in 1979, 1982, 1989, 2007 and 2008.
The Bull Dogs will face Park Tudor in the quarterfinal round of state at 11 a.m. Friday (Oct. 12) at Center Grove. The winner advances to the semifinal round at 10 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 13) at North Central. The championship match will be at 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13) at North Central.
In the semi-state match, Zhao and Liu posted the first point for Columbus North, beating Castle’s Rafe Hemmerlein and Jake Matuscak 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
The Knights countered with triumphs at No. 2 singles by Aneesh Alapati and No. 3 singles by Alex Pinkston. Alapati topped CN junior Bhavey Jain 6-1, 6-3, and Pinkston defeated Bull Dogs junior Eamon Ma 6-1, 6-4.
Kevin Lin tied the match by rallying for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 decision over Castle’s Ollie Ossenberg at No. 1 singles.
Saad and Nathan Lin then scored the decisive point by outlasting the Knights’ Kunhai Shah and Reece Stephens 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 at No. 1 doubles.
Columbus North is making its seventh appearance in the team State Finals. The Bull Dogs placed third in 1989 and 2008. They also were fourth in 1972, 1979, 1982 and 2007.
Team score: Columbus North 3, Castle 2
S1: Kevin Lin (CN) d. Ollie Ossenberg (Castle) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
S2: Aneesh Alapati (Castle) d. Bhavey Jain (CN) 6-1, 6-3
S3: Alex Pinkston (Castle) d. Eamon Ma (CN) 6-1, 6-4
D1: Adam Saad/Nathan Lin (CN) d. Kunhai Shah/Reece Stephens (Castle) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
D2: Joey Zhao/Matthew Liu (CN) d. Rafe Hemmerlein/Jake Matuscak (Castle) 6-1, 6-2
CN VARSITY RECORDS (through Oct. 6, team 14-3)
Kevin Lin, 15-5 (15-5 1S)
Bhavey Jain, 13-7 (13-7 2S)
Joey Zhao, 16-3 (5-3 3S, 11-0 2D)
Nathan Lin, 17-3 (17-3 1D)
Adam Saad, 17-3 (17-3 1D)
Matthew Liu, 17-3 (1-0 3S, 16-3 2D)
Will King, 4-2 (0-1 3S, 2-1 1D, 2-0 2D)
Atharva Kute, 3-1 (2-1 1D, 1-0 2D)
Eamon Ma, 10-6 (7-3 3S, 3-3 2D)