Times Staff Reporter
With another resounding win, the Northview boys' tennis team is making a slow start to the season, a distant memory.
The Knights pummeled a very young Sullivan squad, dropping only five sets the entire match, on their way to consecutive straight set victories.
Top-seeded singles players Carson Kleiber and Caleb Mershon each faced a little resistance in their respective matches, but ultimately came out with decisive wins. Kleiber took down James Visman 6-1, 6-2, while Mershon used a very powerful serve to take down Aaron Lee by the score of 6-1, 6-1.
While Kleiber and Mershon's performances looked dominant on the scoreboard, things came even easier for the remaining Northview players, none of whom dropped a single set.
Third-seeded singles player Trent Simms breezed past Callen Spatz 6-0, 6-0. The Knights doubles tandem of Joey Thomas and Caleb Andrews as well as Sam Miller and Dillon Reynolds also dominated their respective opponents by the same shut out score.
Knights coach Mark Orr said he knew going against a young Golden Arrows squad, whose roster consists of one senior, one junior and five players who are either sophomores or freshmen, would not likely offer his team any stiff competition. Despite the seemingly easy win on paper, Orr said he was happy his team stayed focused and didn't become lethargic in anticipating a cake walk victory.
"In games like this, you run the risk of playing down to your opponent," Orr said. "We didn't do that though. Our kids played a good match and didn't fall into that trap."
The win was Northview's fifth consecutive, and pushed their record on the season to 5-2. Leading up to the new season, Orr boldly stated he believed his team had the talent to go undefeated through the regular season. Those dreams were quickly dashed, as the Knights got out of the gate slowly, dropping their first two contests of '09 to Bloomfield and North Central. Despite the slow start, Orr never got discouraged, and says his team is quickly progressing to the levels he anticipated at the beginning of the year.
"We're where we need to be," Orr said. "Our guys are working hard to get better every week and it shows. I think we're getting better with each match."
The Knights return to action Saturday in a four team invitational at Terre Haute North. The tournament kicks off at 9 a.m.
Northview 5 Sullivan 0
No. 1- Carson Kleiber (NV) def. James Visman (S) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2- Caleb Mershon (NV) def. Aaron Lee (S) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3- Trent Simms (NV) def. Callen Spatz (S) 6-0, 6-0
No. 1- Joey Thomas/Caleb Andrews (NV) def. Chris Tryon/ Matt Migliorni (S) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2- Sam Miller/ Dillon Reynolds (NV) def. Damon Daughetry/ Danny Lighthiza (S) 6-0, 6-0
Next Match: Northview will return to action Saturday when they participate in the Terre Haute North Invitational at 9 a.m.