The Boys Tennis team won in the first two rounds of IHSAA Sectional #2 play on Wednesday and Thursday, to advance to Saturday’s sectional final.
The Warriors battled Cardinal Ritter HS in the first round on Wednesday night. CCHS defeated the Raiders 4-1. Senior Luke Susud won the #1 Singles flight 6-2, 6-4. Sophomore James LeFebvre, an alternate on this year’s sectional roster, filled in at #2 Singles, and took Covenant’s lone loss on the night, 0-6, 1-6. Junior Joseph Bird swept his match at #3 Singles, 6-0, 6-0. Both doubles teams also won with little trouble, as #1 Doubles (Jrs. Graham Shelton/Matthew Wilson) won 6-0, 6-1 and #2 Doubles (Junior Kyle Burris/Sophomore Jerry Chen) won 6-0, 6-0.
The win on Wednesday advanced CCHS to face the host Giants of Ben Davis in the semifinals on Thursday. The Warriors won convincingly again, defeating BDHS 4-1. Susud was solid again tonight, winning 6-0, 6-1. Sophomore Brenner Lampton played in the #2 Singles flight, for CCHS, taking the lone loss. Lampton won the first set 6-1, but then lost the second and third sets 5-7, 5-7. Bird 6-0, 6-2 at #3 Singles. Both doubles teams also had solid wins, 6-0, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-2.
The win for Susud at #1 Singles on Thursday is Luke’s 50th career victory. Susud is only the seventh player in program history to record 50 career wins. The other former Warriors in that category are Nathan Zumbrun (Class of 2014) 81, Nick Thompson (Class of 2012) 67, Adam Schuttler (Class of 2012) 56, Eric Steinke (Class of 2012) 56, Drew Lovern (Class of 2010), Matt Engum (Class of 2013) 50.
With the win by Shelton and Wilson, Wilson improves his program record for most doubles wins in a season to 17-5. Shelton’s season doubles record is now 15-5, which ties the previous record of Eric Steinke (15-3, 2011). It was also Shelton’s 40th career win at doubles, and his 43rd victory overall.
The Warriors improved to 10-9 overall on the season and will face Speedway HS in the Sectional #2 final on Saturday at BDHS at 10:00 am. The Sparkplugs defeated Crispus Attucks HS 5-0 on Thursday. Covenant defeated SHS 5-0 earlier in the regular season, but several of the flights were tightly contested matches. It should make for some competitive tennis in the final. CCHS will look to win their fourth consecutive sectional title, the first time in program history. Covenant has won three consecutive titles, matching three straight titles in 2009-11.