BY HANSON CRAFTON
FLOYDS KNOBS —
The 13th-ranked Jeffersonville boys’ tennis team picked up another solid victory over the Floyd Central Highlanders Wednesday evening.
Jeff’s attack was lead by the steller play it recieved in the singles portion of the match, with all three players winning their matches without surrendering a set to the Highlanders. At No. 3 singles, Connor Buntin got things off to a good start by sweeping Reed Plunkett, 6-0, 6-0.
From there the Devils didn’t look back as No. 1 singles player Austin Hunt beat Ryan Plunkett, 6-2, 6-2, and Brock Winchell did away with Chris Boone in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
Red Devils’ coach Mark Reilly was really pleased with the way his team came out and set the tempo for the match.
“It was great to see our singles take control of tonight’s match,” Reilly said. “Connor was the first one off without losing a game. He can be a dominant force when he gets his serve going.”
Reilly also credited Buntin’s work in practice, helping him improve his flaws.
“We have been working with [Buntin] on his net play to cut down on his mistakes and make volleys. Tonight he was able to put it all together,” Reilly said.
Reilly was also pleased with the maturity Austin Hunt is starting to show stating, “[Hunt] is becoming much smarter in match play. Sometimes he loses patience with his forehand and does not wait for the proper ball to be aggressive, but in this match he did a great job mixing his counter hitting with his offense.”
Winchell was nearly flawless as he clinched the win for Jeff. Reilly said Winchell is very sure-handed, limiting his mistakes during the match, not beating himself and makes his oppenents work for every point they get.
“Brock is someone that is not going to make a lot of mistakes,” said Reilly. “He is working on getting some free points off of his serve. It is just a small change for him, but it will pay off big in the long run. Playing the [No. 2] spot with our schedule he faces good competition and he is starting to learn to create some offense.”
Floyd threw a wrench in the Red Devils’ plans of a sweep as its No. 1 doubles team of Harrison Davis and Jack Stoner were able to beat the Red Devils by beating previously unbeaten Sam Coward and Jack Reilly.
Coawrd and Reilly had been running through the opposition all season, almost guaranteeing a victory every time they have taken the court. With the loss, seniors Justin Padgett and Chase Kayruoz picked their teammates up and were able to put Austin Ivey and Alex Saxon down in a highly-contested final match of the night, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.
Reilly took noticed as he had high praise for the pair.
“I was pleased that they didn’t get rattled when it was close,” he said. “You have to be brave to play your game when it gets tight in these types of close matches. Both guys stayed focused and I felt that helped them win the tie breaker in the second set, which led to a big momentum switch that carried into the third set. It was a nice win for them.”
Jeffersonville will be in action today as it hosts Clarksville. Floyd Central will be at Homestead on Saturday for its next match.
JEFFERSONVILLE 4, FLOYD CENTRAL 1
At Floyd Central
No. 1 — Austin Hunt (J) d. Ryan Plunkett 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 — Brock Winchell (J) d. Chris Boone 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3 — Connor Buntin (J) d. Reed Plunkett 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 — Harrison Davis-John Stoner (F) d. Jeff Sam Coward-Jack Reilly 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 — Justin Padgett-Chase Kayrouz (J) d. Austin Ivey-Alex Saxon 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
Notes: Coward and Reilly suffer first loss of season.
Records: Jeff 10-1.
Next: Jeffersonville hosts Clarksville, today; Floyd Central at Homestead, Saturday.
HENRYVILLE 3, TRINITY LUTHERAN 2
No. 1 — Henry Welker (T) d. Emery Dieterlen 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 — Aaron Block (T) d. Landon Guthrie 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 — Elijah Weeks (H) d. Andrew Rodriguez 6-2, 6-4.
No. 1 — Cameron Hardesty-Logan Smith (H) d. Jack Lucas- Conner Galyen 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
No. 2 — Luke Davidson-Conrad Beyl (H) d. Tanner Prewitt-Lam Nugyen 6-0, 6-0.
Quotes: Henryville coach Brian Consley, “This was a close match. It came down to No. 1 doubles who after a slow start came back and gave the team the win with a strong third set.”
Records: Henryville 3-3.
Next: Henryville hosts Lanesville, today.
PROVIDENCE 8, SCOTTSBURG 0
P — Mikaila Heavin (Taylor Hunton)
P — Alyssa Jones (Rachel Wells)
P — Sarah Posante (unassisted)
P — Emma Roesner (Posante)
P — Jordan Reger (unassisted)
P — Reger (Olivia Jenkins)
P — Sera Craig (Jones)
P — Charly Wolford (unassisted)
Quotes: Providence coach Dave Smith, “Scottsburg’s program is improving every year. I give credit to their kids for playing hard all the way through. Next week we have our work cut out for us, hosting always powerful Louisville Manual on Monday night, then traveling to IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium [the site of last year’s state finals] to play Indiana’s Class 2A No.5-ranked Guerin Catholic on Wednesday night, and finishing up at Louisville’s Mercy Academy on Saturday. This promises to be a grueling, but worthy, preparation as we move into last week of the regular season and get geared up for sectionals.”
Next: Providence hosts DuPont Manual (Ky.), Monday.
• New Washington at Austin boys’ tennis has been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.