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Columbus North boys tennis places sixth in Jeffersonville Invitational

August 25, 2014
Columbus North High School

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. -- Junior Rahul Jha placed third at No. 2 singles and seniors Jake Likens and Mitchell Miller finished third at No. 1 doubles Saturday (Aug. 23), leading the Columbus North boys tennis team to a sixth-place finish in the Jeffersonville Invitational.
    The Bull Dogs totaled 19 points in the eight-team competition, which was condensed to three rounds in one day when the scheduled first round on Friday (Aug. 22) was suspended because of heavy rain and lightning.
    Host Jeffersonville won the event with 39 points. Jasper was runner-up with 33 points followed by Delta with 28, Zionsville with 23 and Evansville Memorial with 22. Columbus North, Bloomington North with 11 and Northeastern with seven rounded out the field.
    "It was a tough weekend," Columbus North coach Kendal Hammel said. "It was very hot (Saturday), but it was hot for everyone. Also, three matches in a day is difficult, and we let some get away from us. Overall, while we didn't place quite as high as I thought we might, it's a start and we saw some good things, too."
    Likens and Miller went 2-1 at No. 1 doubles, while Jha went 1-1 in full matches and was credited with a win in the third-place match when it was stopped because of weather.
    At other levels, senior Anthony Sanders at No. 1 singles and junior Kevin Luo at No. 3 singles each placed sixth. Both went 1-2 in the competition.
    At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Nathan VanDeventer and junior Daniel Larken placed seventh. They were 0-2 in full matches. They picked up a win in the seventh-place match when they were up when it was halted because of weather.
    Columbus North returns to action at 5 p.m. Monday (Aug. 25) when it hosts Plainfield in a dual match. The Bull Dogs follow by facing Floyd Central at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 27) at Seymour.
At Jeffersonville
    Team scores: Jeffersonville 39, Jasper 33, Delta 28, Zionsville 23, Evansville Memorial 22, Columbus North 19, Bloomington North 11, Northeastern 7.
Columbus North Match Results
No. 1 singles
    Grant Esposito (Northeastern) d. Anthony Sanders (CN) 6-2, 6-1
    Sanders (CN) d. Jory Shoup (BN) 6-4, 6-3
    Austin Hunt (Jeff) d. Sanders (CN) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 singles
    Rahul Jha (CN) d. Scott Bode (BN) 6-4, 2-6, 18-16
    Josh Geiser (Zion) d. Jha (CN) 7-5, 2-6, 10-6
    Jha (CN) d. Nick Johnson (Ev. Mem) 6-2, 3-4, halted
No. 3 singles
    Chris Metzger (Zion) d. Kevin Luo (CN) 2-6, 6-4, 10-8
    Luo (CN) d. Alex Stiner (Northeastern) 6-0, 6-0
    Griffin Bitter (Ev. Mem) d. Luo (CN) 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 doubles
    Jake Likens/Mitchell Miller (CN) d. Connor Buntin/Bradley Cross (Jeff) 6-3, 1-6, 10-6
    Jay Robilliard/Nick Wilson (Delta) d. Likens/Miller (CN) 6-2, 6-7, 8-6
    Likens/Miller (CN) d. Chase Throop/Collin Throop (Ev. Mem) 6-4, 1-6, 10-8
No. 2 doubles
    Joe Simon/Jackson Jennings (Ev. Mem) d. Nathan VanDeventer/Daniel Larken (CN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
    Scott Eckart/David Brow (Zion) d. VanDeventer/Larken (CN) 6-1, 4-6, 10-6
    VanDeventer/Larken (CN) d. Levi Vick/Nate Reynolds (Northeastern) 6-2, 3-1, halted

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