Thursday NPHS wrapup: Tennis wins sectional championship
October 4, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
New Palestine won its second straight sectional and fifth title in the last six years, doing so in the most dramatic of fashions.
The Dragons beat Greenfield-Central 3-2, but the match wasn't clinched until a third-set tiebreak in the fifth and final match to be completed.
The No. 2 doubles team of Ben Farley and Shayan Khokhar had to rally repeatedly to clinch the match. They split the first two sets, and trailed 4-1 in the third set. They rallied to take a 6-5 lead, but saw G-C break serve and send the match to a tiebreak. Both teams fought off several match points before the Dragons won 9-7 in the tiebreak.
The first four matches were all decided in straight sets. Connor Swain won 6-4, 6-2 and Jake Purcell won 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the Dragons' first two points.
2D split 2 sets, going to a third. Started out down 4-1, got back into it, got back up 6-5, lost a game on three straight double-faults. We were playing a bit tight. Tiebreak was back and forth. Fought off several match points, came away with a win.
The Dragons are now 19-3 and will play in the regional Tuesday at North Central.
The Dragons had little trouble in routing Triton Central 25-9, 25-10, 25-9 Thursday night.
Megan Hawley had a big night at the net with 14 kills and 11 digs. Katlyn Keele had nine kills.
Jamie Morris led the back row play with 28 digs. Ellen Poetz had 16 assists.
The Dragons are now 15-12. They next play Tuesday at HHC rival Shelbyville.
The Dragon JV won 25-17, 25-13.
Ninety-four minutes weren't enough for New Palestine and Pendleton Heights to decide their game, but the Dragons fell to PH 1-0 in a penalty kick shootout.
PH won the shootout by a 4-3 score.
It was the second scoreless tie the Dragons played in conference play this season, only to fall in a shootout. NP finishes the regular season with an 8-7 record and 3-3 in HHC play. PH clinched the Hoosier Heritage Conference title with the victory.
"Very proud of the team and all 7 of the seniors," NP coach Bobby Holden said. "The team all played very hard and played a great game. Thanks to all the seniors for all their hard work throughout the years. Thanks to all the fans who showed up tonight."
The Dragons open sectional play next Wednesday at home against Greenfield-Central. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
NP won the JV game 4-3, with Ryan Miller, Nick Martin and Caleb Eagleson scoring goals.