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Knights capture WIC championship

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Northview celebrated Senior Night on Wednesday night by wrapping up the Western Indiana Conference championship. Three seniors were recognized afterwards with (from left) Trent Sims, Daniel Eaglin and Caleb Andrews each being honored.
BY CLAY CUNNINGHAM

Times Staff Reporter

The Northview boys tennis team celebrated senior night in style, capping an undefeated conference season with a second consecutive Western Indiana Conference title, with a decisive win over Owen Valley Wednesday.

Northview was dominant again, dropping only one set throughout the night.

All singles competitors Caleb Mershon defeated Ethan Hoadley 6-0, 6-1, Carson Kleiber took down Quinn Wilson 6-0, 6-0 and Trent Sims, in his final WIC home match, defeated David Deatrick 6-0, 6-1. Sims said he would have to adjust to a life without competitive tennis.

"I'll miss it," Sims said. "It'll be different not coming out to play anymore."

The Knights' two other seniors also saw success on senior day. Caleb Andrews and his doubles partner Joey Thomas won a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Donovan Jones and Gab McHaley, while Daniel Eaglan won a JV singles match against Matt Lehman, 8-1. Both Andrews and Eaglin capped their playing days by saying "it's been fun while it lasted."

While they yielded the only competitive match of the day, Dillon Reynolds and Sam Miller capped the unbeaten day. After winning the first set 6-2, opponents Dalton Vast and Corbin Worland took set two 7-6. Reynolds and Miller bounced back, taking a 10 point third set tie-breaker, 10-6.

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Joey Thomas was a winner at No. 1 doubles.
The WIC title was the Knights second in a row, and third in the last four years. The 2009 Knights were slightly improved, as the undefeated conference record was a game better than last year, when Northview lost one match to Edgewood. Head Coach Mark Orr said he thought a new attack laden approach was the main reason for the Knights improvement.

"I really tried to get our singles players to attack the net this year," Orr said. "They've really responded, and by attacking, they've been able to get points early."

Next week, the Knights will begin their quest for a fourth consecutive sectional title. Orr says he knows his team will be facing tougher opponents in the coming weeks, most notably a tough Linton team, but says he expects his players to be ready to go.

"(The players) know they've gotta come to play," Orr said. "But they always seem to step up to the challenge when it's presented to them. They should be ready to go."

Sims, who has been on sectional winning teams every year he's played at Northview, says he think the Knights are more than ready to defend their sectional crown.

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Dillon Reynolds won at No. 2 doubles
"We're playing our best tennis right now," Sims said. "I think we've got good momentum going into sectionals."

The Northview JV team also went undefeated on Wednesday. Aside from Eaglin's win, Cole Watts took down Derrick Mishler 8-1.

In doubles, Garrett Basinger and Bryce Britton defeated Matt Lehman and Hogan McHaley 8-1, and Alec Coughanower and Skyler Holifield beat Johnathan Care and Corbin Warland 8-1.

At Northview

Northview 5, Owen Valley 0

Singles

No. 1: Caleb Mershon (NV) def. Ethan Hoadley (EW) 6-0, 6-1

No. 2: Carson Kleiber (NV) def. Quinn Wilson (EW) 6-0, 6-0

No. 3: Trent Sims (NV) def. David Deatrick (EW) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

No. 1: Joey Thomas and Caleb Andrew (NV) def. Donovan Jones and Gab McHaley 6-2, 6-1

No. 2: Dillon Reynolds and Sam Miller (NV) def. Dalton Vast and Corbin Worland 6-2, 6-7, 10-6 (10 pt. tiebreak.)