A new champion will emerge from the Seymour boys tennis sectional in 2015.
Brownstown Central defeated defending Seymour Sectional champion Scottsburg 4-1 on Wednesday in a series of tough matches.
Up 2-1 in team scoring, the Braves’ No. 1 doubles team of senior Riley Carlin and junior Sam Hoff clinched the final spot by picking up a 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 win against the Warriors’ Jordan Schuler and Isaiah Walker.
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Carlin and Hoff had a shaky start in the first set but were able to gain momentum in the second by taking a 3-2 lead.
Ahead 5-3, the No. 1 doubles duo were able to force a third set with Carlin holding serve.
The Braves carried their energy into the final set, building a 5-2 lead before closing at 6-3.
“We finally calmed down after a terrible first set and pulled it out and just played our game,” Carlin said. “I was pretty pumped up there at the end and it all came out. I was glad for it to be over.”
In the No. 2 singles spot, the Braves’ Cole Brock was finally able to defeat Mason Noble after losing twice to him in the regular season.
Brock, a senior, established a lead late in the first set, and was able to close at 6-4 before putting away the second set 6-2.
“I was able to get my game going early and not let up,” Brock said. “I stayed consistent with my shots. I think our mindset going in really did it for all of us.”
At No. 2 doubles, junior Sy Zickler and freshman Ethan Carlin were the first ones off the courts winning 6-1, 6-1 against the Warriors’ Camden Jones and Mark Hays.
The final victory for the Braves came at No. 3 singles, as senior Kent Criminger bested Caleb White 7-5, 6-4.
With Criminger ahead 6-5 in the first set, the pair battled it out with five deuces until the Braves senior held serve for the crucial win.
Criminger built a 4-1 lead, but White wouldn’t go away, scraping together the next two games.
Despite the mini-run from White, Criminger finished strong to give his team the convincing victory.
“We were really evenly matched,” Criminger said. “He played right there with me. Tonight, I think I was really focused and wanted it really bad. It could have went either way. I just had the edge there at the end.”
At No. 1 singles, Braves senior Lute Lahrman fell to Isaac Everitt 6-2, 6-2 in a match in which both players battled-out grinding points.
Today, the Braves (19-7) will face Trinity Lutheran (3-10) in the semifinals.
On Sept. 15, the Braves bested the Cougars 5-0 in a Jackson County matchup.
If the Braves beat the Cougars, they will play the winner of Seymour and Austin on Friday in the sectional championship.
All four of the Braves’ seniors said they can’t look past the Cougars.
“(Beating Trinity) is not a guarantee,” Criminger said. “We need to play one match at a time and play our best.”