Game Summaries & Headlines.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore Matthew Liu and senior Joey Zhao rallied to a three-set triumph at No. 1 doubles Tuesday (Sept. 10), lifting the co-No. 5 Columbus North boys tennis team to a 3-2 victory over No. 4 Terre Haute South at Bloomington South.
Seniors Bhavey Jain and Adam Saad claimed points at No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles, respectively, as the Bull Dogs improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Conference Indiana matches.
After the teams split the first four points, the No. 1 doubles match – where Liu and Zhao rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 decision over Braves seniors Jacob Thacker and Seth Gage – proved to be the difference.
“The match was close as expected,” CN coach Kendal Hammel said. “Matthew and Joey both played well in the last two sets knowing that the pressure was on them. I was proud how we competed while knowing we were underdogs.”
In other matches, Jain defeated Terre Haute South junior Matthew Roberts 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, while Saad topped Braves junior Caleb Morris 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
The Braves (9-1 overall, 2-1 CI) earned their points at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles. Junior Canaan Sellers beat CN sophomore Nathan Lin 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. THS senior Aiden Fellows and junior Stephen Kallubhavi outlasted Bull Dog seniors Eamon Ma and Will King 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.
At the JV level, the Bull Dogs claimed a 7-2 victory.
Columbus North returns to action on Saturday (Sept. 14) by hosting the Columbus North Invitational. In that four-team round-robin event, the Bull Dogs will face Batesville at 9 a.m., Madison at 11:30 a.m. and Providence at 2 p.m.
AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
Team score: Columbus North 3, Terre Haute South 2
S1: Canaan Sellers (THS) d. Nathan Lin (CN) 6-1, 6-2
S2: Bhavey Jain (CN) d. Matthew Roberts (THS) 6-4, 6-3
S3: Adam Saad (CN) d. Caleb Morris (THS) 6-3, 6-2
D1: Matthew Liu/Joey Zhao (CN) d. Jacob Thacker/Seth Gage (THS) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
D2: Aiden Fellows/Stephen Kallubhavi (THS) d. Eamon Ma/Will King (CN) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
CN VARSITY RECORDS
(through Sept. 10: 7-0, 3-0 Conference Indiana)
Nathan Lin: 7-2 overall (S1 7-2)
Bhavey Jain: 8-2 overall (S1 1-0, S2 7-2)
Adam Saad: 10-0 overall (S2 1-0, S3 9-0)
Joseph Kloepfer: 2-1 overall (S3 1-0, D2 1-1)
Joey Zhao: 7-2 overall (D1 7-2)
Matthew Liu: 7-3 overall (D1 7-3)
Noah Abfall: 0-1 overall (D1 0-1)
Eamon Ma: 5-3 overall (D2 5-3)
Atharva Kute: 2-1 overall (D2 2-1)
Will King: 3-2 overall (D2 3-2)
Luke Enneking: 1-1 overall (D2 1-1)