Boys All Levels Tennis
COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Columbus North boys’ tennis team rolled to a 5-0 victory over Columbus East on Tuesday (Aug. 22), giving coach Kendal Hammel his 700th career dual-match victory.
Hammel now has 361 victories in 23 seasons of boys’ coaching, and he has 339 victories in 21 seasons of girls’ coaching.
The coach figured to have a chance for the milestone victory on Monday (Aug. 21) in the season-opening dual match at Plainfield, but that match was rained out. Thus, Hammel picked up win No. 700 when the Bull Dogs defeated the rival Olympians.
Junior Kevin Lin, sophomore Joey Zhao and senior Akshaya Sabapathy prevailed in singles matches. Seniors Isaac Jackson and Ben Mathew as well as senior Chris Ruble and sophomore Adam Saad took the doubles matches.
Lin blanked Columbus East sophomore Jackson Stevens 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while Zhao blitzed Olympians junior Bryce Buening 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Sabapathy topped East junior Luke Miller 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
At No. 1 doubles, Jackson and Mathew beat Olympians junior Caige Comstock and freshman Pranav Kumar 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 doubles, Ruble and Saad defeated East juniors Nathan Hatchett and Jalean Pleak 6-0, 6-0.
At the JV level, the Bull Dogs took a 4-0 decision.
Columbus North returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 24) when it hosts Southport in its first Conference Indiana match of the season. CN follows with two home matches Saturday (Aug. 26) – the first against Terre Haute North at 11 a.m. and the makeup match with Plainfield at 2 p.m.
AT COLUMBUS NORTH
Columbus North 5, Columbus East 0
S1: Kevin Lin (CN) d. Jackson Stevens (CE) 6-0, 6-0
S2: Joey Zhao (CN) d. Bryce Buening (CE) 6-0, 6-0
S3: Akshaya Sabapathy (CN) d. Luke Miller (CE) 6-1, 6-2
D1: Isaac Jackson/Ben Mathew (CN) d. Caige Comstock/Pranav Kumar (CE) 6-0, 6-0
D2: Chris Ruble/Adam Saad (CN) d. Nathan Hatchett/Jalean Pleak (CE) 6-0, 6-0
2017 CN BOYS TENNIS VARSITY RECORDS
Through Aug. 22
Kevin Lin: 2-2 overall (2-2 at S1)
Joey Zhao: 2-2 overall (2-2 at S2)
Akshaya Sabapathy: 3-1 overall (3-1 at S3)
Isaac Jackson: 2-2 overall (2-2 at D1)
Ben Mathew: 2-2 overall (2-2 at D1)
Chris Ruble: 2-2 overall (2-2 at D2)
Adam Saad: 2-2 overall (2-2 at D2)