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Columbus North boys tennis wins regional championship
October 10, 2013Columbus North High School
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Sophomore Aditya Mantri and junior Mitchell Miller provided the Columbus North boys tennis team the decisive point for the second day in a row, but this time there was little tension as the No. 7 Bull Dogs quickly built an insurmountable lead en route to a 4-1 victory over Scottsburg for the Columbus North Regional championship.
The win moves Columbus North (19-0) into the Jasper Semistate, where it will face No. 6 Evansville Memorial (17-0) at 10 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 12).
Mantri and Miller posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Warriors senior Adam Payne and freshman Isaac Everitt at No. 2 doubles, giving Columbus North its third point of the match and helping the Bull Dogs capture their 21st regional crown but their first since 2008.
Earlier, juniors Jake Likens and Anthony Sanders posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Scottsburg juniors Braxton Soloe and Tyler White at No. 1 doubles, and CN sophomore Rahul Jha defeated Warriors freshman Mason Noble 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
Columbus North senior Luke Red rallied to post a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Scottsburg junior Andrej Halasa at No. 1 singles. The Warriors scored their lone point when junior Brandon Boswell topped CN senior Krishan Narsinghani 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
"It is really nice to get this win," Columbus North coach Kendal Hammel said. "The last four years, Bloomington South had a very good squad and kind of owned this regional. But it's really good for our team to win this, and hopefully we can carry this momentum into the weekend.
"We have had a couple of very close matches, but I think that can help us as we play other quality opponents. We are taking a lot of confidence with us into the match with Evansville Memorial. I think we are playing well."
The semistate winner advances to the quarterfinal round of the State Finals against the winner of the Culver 2 semistate -- either Warsaw (14-5) or Penn (20-3). The quarterfinal match will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Fishers. The semifinals and finals will be Oct. 20 at Indianapolis North Central.
Columbus North Regional Final
Columbus North 4, Scottsburg 1
S1: Luke Red (CN) d. Andrej Halasa (S) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
S2: Brandon Boswell (S) d. Krishan Narsinghani (CN) 6-4, 6-3
S3: Rahul Jha (CN) d. Mason Noble (S) 6-2, 6-2
D1: Jake Likens/Anthony Sanders (CN) d. Braxton Soloe/Tyler White (S) 6-1, 6-2
D2: Aditya Mantri/Mitchell Miller (CN) d. Adam Payne/Isaac Everitt (S) 6-2, 6-1