One down. One to go.
The Washington boys tennis team defeated Vincennes Lincoln 5-0 Thursday night at Vincennes University to move one win away from a sectional championship. Washington will face Vincennes Rivet Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Vincennes Lincoln High School.
The Hatchets took care of business quickly surrendering only eight points in the four matches they played.
Vincennes Lincoln did not have a two doubles team allowing the Hatchets to pick up a victory through a forfeit. Freshman Lucas Miller got the Hatchets off and running with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Miller’s win was followed by two more victories from fellow singles players Matthew Pancake and Corey Thompson. Pancake won 6-1, 6-2 against Colton Mercer-Szady and Thompson beat Torey Graham 6-0, 6-0.
Tyler Stoll and Garrett Burton finished off the victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Eli Williams and Mitchell Cooper. Jonathon Harner and Jacob Luttrell earned a win via the forfeit.
“Not bad, we saw a few things that we need to work on for tomorrow’s practice,” said Hatchets head coach Jason Johnston. “We’ve got our eye on the final on Saturday. Impressed with today’s win, but we’re not done.”
Coming into the sectional opener today, Johnston said his team was prepared to face either Vincennes Rivet or Pike Central in the final.
Having faced both this season, Johnston feels his team compete well with either.
“They are both pretty good teams,” Johnston said. “Pike Central we beat 4-1 if I remember right. We lost 3-2 to Rivet. Both are good teams, but we made adjustments and hopefully they will pan out.”
Johnston noticed that some of the basics were lacking in the Hatchets peformance Thursday, which may have been a function of nervousness with postseason play beginning.
“It’s a pattern,” Johnston said. “You see it with some players depending on the match. Some nerves are in there and they are maybe afraid to go for some shots, but we’ll work it out.”
One down. One to go.
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