Boys Junior Varsity Tennis, Boys Varsity Tennis · Tennis drops 3-2 thriller to Lapel


The district’s 3rd ranked tennis team, the New Palestine Dragons lost 3-2 to 1st ranked Lapel Bulldogs in a thrilling match.
With the teams locked at 2-2, NP’s No. 3 singles player, Carson Gavin built up an impressive 7-5, 5-2 lead in the deciding match against senior Austin Lyons. Gavin was unable to hold serve and Lyons recovered to win the second set 7-6 (4). In the final set the Bulldog played with more confidence and snatched victory for Lapel – winning 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in a marathon contest.

No. 1 singles for the Dragons, Matthew True, played 6-foot-7 Joseph Conrad – who dominated the match with his powerful forehand and fast serve. Conrad, a Lapel senior, won 6-1, 6-2.

Dragon sophomore Ben Blachly met Lapel sophomore Jesse McCurdy  – who controlled the game with his accurate groundstrokes and topspin serve. McCurdy won 6-0, 6-1.

New Palestine dominated the doubles matches, with the No. 1 pairing of Nick Rusche and Colby Wagoner employing an attacking style which gave them the edge against senior Zach Krebs and junior Reid Ratzlaff. The Dragons deservedly won a close match 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

At No. 2 doubles for the Dragons, David Hockett and Dane Reid played tight doubles to defeat Ross Hagen and freshman Dawson Allen in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

The Dragons JV team narrowly won 3-2. Trevor Darley and Aidan Miller won their singles without losing a game. No 2 doubles Nico Martin and Justin Wilcher played well to beat Nick Thalls and Will Rector 8-3 to secure the victory for NP. The playback team won 2-1.

The NPHS varsity team moved to a 6-3 record for the season. The Dragons travel to Franklin Central Wednesday and host Shelbyville Thursday.

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