Seymour swept the singles matches in straight sets and defeated Brownstown Central 4-1 in boys’ tennis Friday afternoon on the SHS courts.
Seymour’s Adam Berry, playing No. 3 singles, was the first player off the courts after blanking the Braves’ Ethan Wischmeier 6-0, 6-0.
Alex Berry defeated Luke Cobb 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, and Ty McCory topped Ethan Carlin 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3.
“It’s a good win for us,” Owls coach Jennifer Miller said. “It was a good chance to see what Brownstown looks like. We’ve played both Brownstown and Scottsburg (sectional opponents). We definitely have to be solid across our singles positions. We did that tonight.”
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Miller was pleased with her team’s singles play.
“Our serves (in singles) were strong,” Miller said. “Adam’s game at No. 3 singles was just solid across the board. He’s my one player that I can just turn loose, and I know that I do not have to spend a lot of time on the court talking to him.
“He has been very consistent. Alex struggled a little bit in the second set with his ground strokes, but he pulled through. Ty struggled with his serves just a little, but he overcame that with a really strong net game. He hit some really nice passing shots to finish out that second set.”
Braves coach Scott Dittmer was not pleased with how his team played, as they slipped to 3-3 on the season.
“Today I felt like we went out there and beat ourselves,” Dittmer said. “Unforced errors — more importantly our serving — was just off. We’ve got to get our serves in. You’re never going to win a point if you double fault. If you get a dinky second serve in, you’re already starting out behind in the point. We’ve got some things to work on.”
Sy Zickler and Sam Hoff picked-up the Braves’ point with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Grant Handloser and Jonathan Valasquez.
Dittmer said Zickler and Hoff gave a good effort.
“They both know to get to the net, they both get their serves in,” he said. “They’re real aggressive up there. They take chances and they get rewarded for that. I like what I saw out of them today.
“They’ve been working hard and its paying off. I’m real proud of those guys. The other guys have just got to keep working.”
The longest match of the day was at No. 2 doubles.
The Owls’ Sam Schmidt and Isaac Hardin topped Gunnar Zickler and Jackson Lahrman 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4).
“This is the second time that Sam and Isaac have played together,” Miller said. “They played in our very first match against Providence, a tougher opponent. Tonight they came out, they were a little bit nervous, but they found a way to really dominate in the second set. Things were really going their way.
They had to fight through some points in that third set, but it was a huge confidence boost for them to pull that out and get that fourth point.”
The Owls (3-3) will host New Albany on Tuesday and will face the Bulldogs again in the first round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Sept. 19.
The Braves will travel to Corydon Central Tuesday for a Mid-Southern Conference match.