WL, Harrison set for tennis title match
October 2, 2011West Lafayette Jr.-Sr. High School
Wind, West Lafayette and Harrison were the victors Friday at the West Lafayette tennis regional on Cumberland Courts.
"It's really hard to play in these kind of conditions," said West Lafayette No. 1 singles player David Hollis, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over McCutcheon's Gus Cordes.
Central Catholic's No. 1 singles player Matt Bouggy, who doubles as the Knights' football place-kicker, is used to windy conditions. But even he had to form a strategy during his 7-5, 6-4 victory over Harrison's Roshan Krishnan.
"When you're going with the wind, you have to attack," Bouggy said. "When you're playing against the wind you have to defend most of the time. It really affected the match."
The elements won't be in play today for West Lafayette, a 5-0 winner over McCutcheon, or Harrison, which edged CC 3-2. Due to forecasted temperatures below 50 degrees, tournament officials moved the championship match indoors to Purdue's Schwartz Tennis Center at 10:30 a.m.
That move met with the approval of first-year Harrison coach Jim Whitworth.
"It's going to be good, a nice controlled atmosphere," Whitworth said. "We won't have any worries about the wind or weather. I expect a good tight match."
So do the Red Devils (14-4), who remember all too well the disappointment of last year's sectional semifinals loss to the Raiders (4-9).
"Tomorrow means a lot to us, especially me, Jake (Weiss) and Rett (Berry) as seniors," Hollis said. "We want to take back sectionals to end our careers.
"Anytime we don't win a match it stings, especially last year since it was so close. Every point mattered in that match and unfortunately Harrison beat us. Tomorrow will be just as fun and hopefully we can take it back."
Weiss and Berry defeated Tyler Page and Danny Muldoon 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Christopher Park and Andrew Woloshuk were even more dominating, taking their No. 2 doubles match 6-0, 6-0 over Austin Ashcraft and Rodney Manny. Alan Min's 6-0, 6-1 victory over Jacob Kaminski at No. 3 singles sealed WL's semifinal victory.
Whitworth hopes Harrison's tough Hoosier Crossroads Conference schedule will pay off with a second consecutive sectional championship.
"I was expecting a really tough match against Central Catholic," Whitworth said. "I knew one way or the other, probably 3-2.
"We had a three-win season but the conference we play in, the tough matches we play there, helped us out come sectional time."
Harrison got its three points from No. 2 singles player Andrew Zeng, a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Chase Thieme; Tassawar Farooq topped Jacob Barrett 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 and the No. 1 doubles team of Andy McIntosh and Josh Collins swept Andy Thompson and Grant King 6-3, 6-4.
The Raiders lost to West Lafayette 5-0 during the regular season but Whitworth has since altered his lineup.
"We're a much different team now," he said. "I'm eagerly anticipating the rematch."
Although Central Catholic was eliminated, Bouggy will advance into the individual portion of the tournament with his No. 1 singles victory.