Boys All Levels Tennis
SELLERSBURG, Ind. – The Columbus North boys tennis team posted straight-set triumphs at four positions Saturday (Sept. 23), snapping a four-match skid and posting a 5-0 victory at Silver Creek.
Junior Kevin Lin, sophomore Joey Zhao and senior Akshaya Sabapathy each prevailed in singles matches for the Bull Dogs, who improved to 12-4. Seniors Isaac Jackson and Ben Mathew went three sets to win at No. 1 doubles, while senior Chris Ruble and sophomore Adam Saad took their match at No. 2 doubles.
Lin beat Dragons junior Jacob Bishop 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Zhao defeated SC junior Jake Teegarden 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Sabapathy topped Dragons senior Cooper Cundiff 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
Jackson and Mathew rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph over SC juniors Nate Eckert and Jake Hawkins. Ruble and Saad got past Dragons senior Sammy Padgett and junior Jackson Jacobi 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).
At the JV level, the Bull Dogs claimed a 5-1 decision.
Columbus North opened the season with 11 consecutive dual-match varsity victories before dropping matches to four ranked opponents over the past week – Floyd Central (4-1), Greenwood (3-2), Center Grove (5-0) and Bloomington North (3-2).
The victory over Silver Creek gives the Bull Dogs some momentum going into their final regular-season match at 5 p.m. Monday (Sept. 25) at Roncalli. Columbus North then hosts the Columbus North Sectional on Wednesday through Friday (Sept. 27-29). The sectional draw will be Monday (Sept. 25).
AT SILVER CREEK
Team score: Columbus North 5, Silver Creek 0
S1: Kevin Lin (CN) d. Jacob Bishop (SC) 7-5, 6-2
S2: Joey Zhao (CN) d. Jake Teegarden (SC) 6-2, 6-2
S3: Akshaya Sabapathy (CN) d. Cooper Cundiff (SC) 6-0, 6-3
D1: Isaac Jackson/Ben Mathew (CN) d. Nate Eckert/Jake Hawkins (SC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
D2: Chris Ruble/Adam Saad (CN) d. Sammy Padgett/Jackson Jacobi (SC) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
2017 CN BOYS TENNIS VARSITY RECORDS
Through Sept. 23
Kevin Lin: 9-10 overall (9-10 at S1)
Joey Zhao: 11-8 overall (11-8 at S2)
Akshaya Sabapathy: 14-5 overall (14-5 at S3)
Isaac Jackson: 12-7 overall (12-7 at D1)
Ben Mathew: 12-7 overall (12-7 at D1)
Chris Ruble: 14-5 overall (14-5 at D2)
Adam Saad: 14-5 overall (14-5 at D2)