“We probably won more points today at the two doubles match, but that’s how tennis is,” Coach Reilly said. “They won both of the tight sets. But I felt that both seniors did a good job.”
During the regular-season meeting with the Red Devils, Jasper coach Scott Yarbrough put Kemker at No. 3 singles and Mathies was at No. 1 doubles. Heading into the semistate, Mark Reilly kept his fingers crossed that Yarbrough would not alter that lineup.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, that did not happen.
“I was hoping he would use that same lineup,” the Jeff boss said. “Jasper really attacks. But if you neutralize them right at first, it really helps you. They were not going to win the point on the first couple of hits, so I just thought we needed something real aggressive.”
Despite Saturday’s loss, Mark Reilly was proud of what his program accomplished in 2013.
“Winning the regional will help give them confidence. These guys were one match away from the state finals,” he said. “It’s nice when you work hard and things pay off. I think there is something inside them that will make them work harder.”
Kayrouz and Padgett are the only Jeff players who will be graduating. In turn, three Jeff junior varsity players - freshman Bradley Cross and juniors Kyle Mayrose and Logan Giles - are expected to get more varsity playing time next season. Plus sophomore Kooper Falkenstein, who helped the Red Devils win both their No. 2 doubles matches at last week’s regional, will be returning as well.
“I feel good about next year. It really is going to come down to who puts in the time [at practice],” Coach Reilly said.
JASPER 4, JEFFERSONVILLE 1
No. 1 — Eli Seng (Ja) d. Austin Hunt 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 — Grant Weaver (Ja) d. Brock Winchell, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 3 — Logan Mathies (Ja) d. Connor Buntin 6-2, 6-1.
No. 1 — Jack Reilly-Sam Coward (Je) d. Luke Hochgesang-Joe Kemker 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 — Ben Seng-Alex Allen (Ja) d. Chase Kayrouz-Justin Padgett 7-6(7-5), 2-6, 7-5.