Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Brownstown Central senior Skylar Luedeman goes after the ball during Thursday's Seymour Sectional match against Austin. Luedeman and Skylar Thompson won at No. 1 doubles, but the Braves lost the match 3-2.
Jackson County boys tennis teams Brownstown Central and Trinity Lutheran suffered 3-2 setbacks Thursday in the first round of the Seymour Sectional.
Brownstown’s match against Austin came down to No. 3 singles, and Austin’s Chris Mayfield bounced back from a first-set loss by winning the next two against Cole Borden, helping his team advance to Saturday’s championship.
Trinity’s match against Scottsburg already was decided, but Aaron Bloch at No. 2 singles pulled out a win in three sets for the Cougars’ second point.
Austin swept singles, but it wasn’t without some drama. Aaron McIntosh beat Brownstown’s Chaz Schneider, 7-5, 7-6 (0); Mayfield beat Borden, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2; and Josh Turner beat Chris Allman, 6-3, 6-3.
“It hurt us with Chaz that he hurt his arm (a few weeks ago) and he was out for the few days that he was out, and we just weren’t as strong. It was a close call here or there, and that’s a whole lot for him because his arm is sore, and he came back,” Braves coach Ron Slaton said. “Cole, he’s a sophomore. Last year, he came up off of exhibition, and I don’t know if there’s a kid around that plays tennis that has more heart than he does. He just fights.”
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