Game Summaries & Headlines.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The third-ranked Columbus North boys tennis team swept past No. 18 Bloomington South 5-0 on Tuesday (Oct. 8) in the semifinal round of the Bloomington South Regional.
Sophomore Nathan Lin and seniors Bhavey Jain and Adam Saad claimed the singles points as the Bull Dogs improved to 19-0 for the season. Sophomore Matthew Liu and senior Joey Zhao as well as seniors Eamon Ma and Will King completed the sweep by taking the doubles points.
“The team really stepped up and played well against strong competition,” CN coach Kendal Hammel said. “Our singles players were solid, and our doubles players really raised their level of play. The team played like champions.”
Lin defeated Panthers junior Marcel Borhi 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, while Jain blanked Bloomington South senior Alex Coniaris 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Saad rolled past Panthers junior John Beggs 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
At No. 1 doubles, Liu and Zhao used a strong third set to outlast Bloomington South freshmen Michael Asplund and Chris Lian 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Ma and King knocked off Panthers senior Andy Chang and junior Ethan Uhls 6-4, 6-0.
The victory moved Columbus North into the regional final match at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 9) against Seymour, a 3-2 winner over Greensburg in the other semifinal.
The regional champion advances to the Jasper 1 Semi-State against the winner of the Silver Creek Regional (either Floyd Central or Jeffersonville). The semi-state match is set for noon Saturday (Oct. 12). The semi-state winner qualifies for the eight-school IHSAA team State Finals on Oct. 18-19.
The Bull Dogs are seeking the program’s third consecutive regional title and its 25th overall.
AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
Regional: Semifinal Match
Team score: Columbus North 5, Bloomington South 0
S1: Nathan Lin (CN) d. Marcel Borhi (BS) 6-0, 6-4
S2: Bhavey Jain (CN) d. Alex Coniaris (BS) 6-0, 6-0
S3: Adam Saad (CN) d. John Beggs (BS) 6-0, 6-1
D1: Matthew Liu/Joey Zhao (CN) d. Michael Asplund/Chris Lian (BS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
D2: Eamon Ma/Will King (CN) d. Andy Chang/Ethan Uhls (BS) 6-4, 6-0
CN VARSITY RECORDS
(through Oct. 8: 19-0, 5-0 Conference Indiana)
Nathan Lin: 19-2 overall (S1 19-2)
Bhavey Jain: 18-3 overall (S1 1-0, S2 17-3)
Adam Saad: 21-1 overall (S2 2-0, S3 19-1)
Joey Zhao: 18-2 overall (D1 18-2)
Matthew Liu: 18-3 overall (D1 18-3)
Eamon Ma: 16-4 overall (D2 16-4)
Will King: 14-3 overall (D2 14-3)
Atharva Kute: 3-1 overall (D1 1-0, D2 2-1)
Joseph Kloepfer: 3-1 overall (S3 1-0, D1 1-0, D2 1-1)
Luke Enneking: 2-1 overall (S3 1-0, D2 1-1)
Noah Abfall: 0-1 overall (D1 0-1)