Seymour’s boys tennis team had early 2-1 leads at two positions in Friday’s Seymour Sectional semifinal match against Austin.
But suddenly, it seemed, Austin had first-set victories at four positions. The Eagles then closed out all three singles matches with 6-0 wins in the second set. They went on to win the match 5-0 and advance to today’s championship against county rival Scottsburg.
“The three spots I counted on the most really did not step up to the plate. We just didn’t compete well,” Owls coach Brad Emerson said. “I watched Austin and Brownstown play (on Thursday), and I honestly didn’t see anything where (Austin) was going to be a whole lot better than we were.
“I know we have a young team, and we were going to be kind of a little bit short in a couple of spots. We just didn’t have the experience there. They played scared and nervous, and I kind of expected that.”
Ben Coomer at No. 2 singles and Seth Stuckwisch and Andrew Rudge at No. 1 doubles had early first-set leads, but they ended up losing 6-3 and 6-2, respectively. In the second set, Coomer didn’t win a game. The No. 1 doubles built a 5-4 lead before losing three straight games.
“I thought our No. 1 doubles played competitive tennis, and I was really counting on them to carry a point for us. It’s too bad that they fell a little bit short,” Emerson said.
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