Trinity Lutheran’s first victory of 2016 will have to come in the postseason.
The Cougars’ boys tennis team ended its regular season winless Monday with a 5-0 loss to Borden.
Despite the sweep, the Cougars (0-11) had solid play in the No. 2 doubles and singles positions.
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Trinity’s lone senior, Jonathan Keith, battled with Dawson Nale at No. 2 singles.
Keith built a 3-2 lead in the opening set, but would drop the next two games before falling 6-4. In the second set Nale kept the momentum as he took a 4-1 advantage before closing it at 6-3.
Despite the loss, Trinity coach Danny Frastaci thought Keith played one of his best matches of the season.
“He’s definitely been one of our most consistent performers,” Frastaci said. “It’s good to end your high school career on a good note. He didn’t get the win but played really well against a very good opponent. It’s nice to play your best at the end and see those things you’ve been working on come to fruition.”
The duo of Hunter Morgan and Pierce McCammon nearly completed a comeback against the Braves’ Mason Lagrange and Jackson Wagoner at No. 2 doubles.
After losing the first set 6-2, Morgan and McCammon won a second set tiebreaker 7-2.
In a super-tiebreak third set, it was Lagrange and Wagoner who would get the edge at 10-8.
“Those guys fought well and played hard,” Frastaci said of No. 2 doubles. “You don’t get much closer than 10-8 in the third set tiebreak. It’s good to see. I think we’re going in the right direction as we wrap up the season.”
At No. 1 singles, Borden’s Joseph Volsteadt topped Bailey Baker 6-0, 6-0.
Brandon Thompson took the No. 3 singles spot for the Braves, besting the Cougars’ Jace Crockett 6-2, 6-0.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Mason Morris and Corey Anderson defeated Matt Stuckwisch and Aden Jones 6-2, 6-2.
Keith was honored on the Cougars’ senior night.
“This year, he has been a rock for us in that No. 2 spot,” Frastaci said. “He challenges and pushes the team and is a hard worker. He is a great person to have on the team as far as leadership goes.”
On Wednesday, Trinity Lutheran will face Scottsburg in the first round of the Seymour Sectional.
“We’re going to have to play our best,” Frastaci said. “We need to build on (Monday) and continue working until (the match).”