The Northview Tennis varsity squad fought valiantly but fell short in a 3-2 defeat against a tough Edgewood squad Tuesday night.
The highlight of the evening came virtue of a marathon battle between Northview Sophomore Carson Kleiber and Edgewood freshman Brandon Owens. In what proved to be the only truly competitive match of the evening, Kleiber and Owens battled back and forth for nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes, before Owens eventually got the better of his counterpart winning 5-7, 6-4, 5-7. Knights coach Mark Orr said he was happy with the effort Kleiber put forth in defeat.
"Carson played well," Orr said. "He hung in there and played well enough to win. It just didn't happen."
The bright spot for the Knights was two decisive victories by their doubles teams. Matt Nodley and Caleb Mershon made quick work of opponents Chris Elick and James Sims 6-2, 6-1, while Joey Thomas and Caleb Andrews annihilated the Mustang combo of John Kern and Evan Schwarts 6-1, 6-0.
The success of the doubles team did not resonate with the singles matches however. Following Kleiber's loss, Austin Akers and Clint Reynolds were both beaten handily by Edgewood's Kory Wooten and Alex Naren 1-6, 1-6 and 0-6, 2-6 respectively. Orr said his singles players needed to elevate their play to match that of the doubles players.
"Our singles team really needs to step up," Orr said. "We've lost three matches because of our singles players. They need to play better."
With the loss, the Knights fell to 6-3 on the season. Orr said a primary area of focus is to improve his team's overhead shots, saying they were missing too many opportunities. Despite the loss, Orr said he was optimistic his team would rebound and return to the success they have been experiencing throughout the duration of this season.
"We're a good team," Orr said. "There are things we need to work on, which we will do during practice and we should be fine.
The Knights return to action Thursday night with a home match against West Vigo.
In other action, the Northview JV squad split two matches in doubles action. Trent Sims and Sam Miller took down Edgewood's Luke Teague and AJ Kerr 8-2; while Max Short and Dylan Reynolds were defeated 3-8 by Logan Ferguson and Heyden Holmes.
Edgewood 4 Northview 3
No. 1: Kory Wooten (Ew) def. Austin Akers (Nv) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2: Alex Naren (Ew) def. Clint Reynolds (Nv) 6-0, 6-2
No. 3: Brandon Owens (Ew) def. Carlson Kleiber (Nv) 5-7, 6-4, 5-7
No. 1: Matt Nodley/Caleb Mershon (Nv) def. Chris Elick/James Sims (Ew) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2: Joey Thomas/Caleb Andrews (Nv) def. John Kerr/Evan Schwarts (Ew) 6-1, 6-0
No. 1: Trent Sims/Sam Miller (Nv) def. Luke Teague/AJ Kerr (Ew) 8-2
No. 2: Logan Ferguson/Heyden Holmes (Ew) def. Max Short/Dylan Reynolds (Nv) 8-2