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Knights advance to sectional final

Friday, September 28, 2007

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Northview made the first step towards a sectional championship on Thursday night by upending the defending champion Tiger Cubs of Greencastle, 3-2.

The Knights fell in perhaps the evening's two most exciting matches.

Both Brennan Burks and Eric Warren went the distance against Northview's Adam Clark and Clint Grey in matches that left both the fans and players.

Burks lost the first set against Clark, but rebounded with back-to-back set wins for a 6-7, (4-7), 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Warren's match went approximately three hours in length, but was well worth the wait for Tiger Cubs fans as he came back from match point to earn a 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) win against Clint Reynolds of the Knights.

"Eric will fight until there is nothing left," said Tiger Cubs' coach Terry Ross. "(Warren and Burks) really fought hard tonight and played hard."

Warrren's match was especially exciting after he trailed 5-4 in the third set, but forced a tie-breaker and his extraordinary mobility allowed him to get to nearly every return from the Knights' Clint Reynolds. He finally clinched the win with a strong run in the tiebreak for the victory.

"Adam (Clark) and Clint (Grey) played tough tonight," commented coach Tom West of his No. 2 and 3 players. "Matches like that make you mentally tough and I can teach them a little bit more because of matches like that."

Austin Akers was the winner in a decisive 6-2, 6-4 victory against Sam Hirt of Greencastle and West commented that Akers' play continues to improve.

"Austin just keeps getting better as the year goes on. He does a lot of other things during the summer so it takes him most of the season to get going."

On Thursday, the junior No. 1 player had it going nearly from the opening serve and was the first Knight to pick up a victory.

Northview was able to get wins at both doubles positions to claim the victory.

Ryne Barr and Matt Nodley teamed for a quick, 6-1, 6-4 win over Seth Heithaus and Tayler Fauvergue and the Knights' team of Brock Lawson and Caleb Mershon were 7-5, 6-2 winners against David Cath and Clay Spencer.

With the victory, the Knights will get a berth in the championship at 10 a.m. on Saturday opposite Linton, also a 3-2 winner.

The Miners reversed an August loss to the Patriots to move on to the title match.

"We were kind of looking forward to it," commented coach Brad McKinney of the sectional draw and a chance to meet up with the Patriots again. "This was a good draw for us. We lost 3-2 last time. But we knew our doubles players were playing better and that we had a better combination this time around."

The Miners in fact did get a victory out their No. 1 doubles team of Merrick McBride and Chase Rhoten by a 6-4, 6-4 score this time around after losing both in the August matchup.

Senior captain, George Fritch, made quick work of his opponent at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-1 and Seth Herndon won by the same score at No. 2 singles.

"George (Fritch) is a senior captain and he was around for our last sectional championship (four years ago). It was just a matter of each (Fritch and Herndon) executing. They played smart tonight."

McKinney also pointed to the play of Herndon and Kris Shipman, both freshman.

"For both of them to come out and play the way they did in their first sectional, that was very big for us."

Northview Tennis Sectional

Match One

Linton 3, Owen Valley 2

Singles

No. 1: George Fritch (Ln) wins, 6-0, 6-1 over Jordan Truax (OV)

No. 2: Seth Herndon (Ln) wins, 6-0, 6-1 over Adam Wilson (OV)

No. 3: Bryan Redenbarger (OV) wins 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, over Kris Shipman (Ln)

Doubles

No. 1: Merrick McBride/Chase Rhoten (Ln) win, 6-3, 6-3 over Randy Leintz/Camren Babbs (OV)

No. 2: Raymond Ames/Ethan Hoadley (OV) win, 6-2, 6-3, over Kyle Cooper/Luke Knight (Ln)

Match Two

Northview 3, Greencastle 2

Singles

No.1: Austin Akers (Nv) wins, 6-2, 6-4, over Sam Hirt (GC)

No. 2: Brennan Burks (GC) wins, 6-7 (4-7) 6-4, 6-4 over Adam Clark (Nv)

No. 3: Eric Warren (GC) wins 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) over Clint Reynolds (Nv)

Doubles

No. 1: Ryne Barr/Matt Nodley (Nv) win, 6-1, 6-4 over Seth Heithaus/Tayler Fauvergue (GC)

No. 2: Brock Lawson/Caleb Mershon (Nv) win, 7-5, 6-2 over David Cath/Clay Spencer (GC)



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