Boys Junior Varsity Tennis, Boys Varsity Tennis · Tennis claims outright HHC title

The Dragons varsity tennis team swept the New Castle Trojans 5-0 in a crucial match to clinch the Hoosier Heritage Conference title. The Dragons went 7-0 in the HHC, winning the title with a 33-2 individual match record against conference foes.
The Dragons won their third HHC title in school history, and the first since 2009.
NP’s No. 1 singles player Matthew True easily beat Trojan senior William Thurlow 6-1, 6-0. The dedicated True has had an outstanding season with a 15-4 singles record.

Playing at No. 2, singles Ben Blachly has been the Dragons most improved player, with his mental toughness a great asset throughout the season. He defeated New Castle’s big serving junior Rylan Huntley 6-2, 6-4.

At No. 3 singles for NP, junior Carson Gavin, fought through a tough 1st set to beat NC senior Grant Guffey 6-2, 6-2. The steady Gavin placed the ball well, targeting his opponents backhand, and this tactic gave the Dragon the advantage.

The NP No. 1 doubles combination of seniors Nick Rusche and Colby Wagoner played an aggressive style of doubles to control the match against NC juniors Blake Webb and Andrew Martin, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Senior David Hockett and junior Dane Reid played at No. 2 doubles for NP against Trojans Jonathan Personette and Brandon Cook. The Dragons pairing attacked the net on a regular basis and dominated play – going on to win comfortably 6-0, 6-2.

The Dragons varsity team moved to 15-4 for the season.

The Dragons JV team won 3-0 with Ethan Haeberle winning at singles and seniors Nathan Hubbard / Nico Martin and Jeremy Wagoner / Josh Smith winning the doubles matches. The JV team extended its record to 14-2 for the season.

NP entertains Chatard on at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Senior Day.

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