Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

September 29, 2012

Pirates capture tennis sectional crown

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Jennings County — The Greensburg boys varsity tennis team captured its second straight sectional championship, and third in four years, with a 3-2 win over Jennings County Friday.

The Pirates wasted little time claiming the edge on their way to the Jennings County Sectional 29 title. First off the court for the Pirates was the first-doubles duo of juniors Tom Lawrence and Kyle Colson after posting a solid 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Junior Collin Rigney shortly followed suit, dispatching his opponent 6-1, 6-2 at first singles.

The third point for the Pirates did not come easy, according to head coach Gary Bailey. After falling to Greensburg very easily just a week ago, the Panthers would not go so quietly this time around. Getting the clinching point for the Pirates was second singles junior Riley Burkert with a 6-4, 6-3 win that Bailey called gutsy.

"Riley did not get in front until 5-4 in the first set, and then he never trailed after that,” said Bailey. “He was just the better player tonight.”

The matches at third singles and second doubles would both go three sets. Freshman David Lawrence, according to Bailey, played probably the best match of the year for him before falling just short, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

"I could not be more proud of David and the way he battled tonight," said Bailey.

After winning the first set 6-4, the second doubles team of senior Kyle Stanley and sophomore Ryan Welage dropped the next two 6-4, 6-3.

"Some nights you just can't get it going, and tonight was one of those nights at second doubles,” said Bailey. "They have been playing very well lately and it will come back to them.”

Greensburg will play Tuesday night in Seymour at 5 p.m. against the winner of the Seymour Sectional, which is slated for Saturday morning.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.