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August 22, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Highlanders beat Bulldogs in tennis thriller

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NEW ALBANY —  Floyd Central’s boys’ tennis team won for the 32nd time in its last 33 matches against rival New Albany, but Wednesday’s meeting may have been the tightest matchup since the 2002.

With the score tied at 2-2, New Albany’s No. 1 doubles team of Tanner Goller and Jake Kennard was on the verge of giving the Bulldogs’ their first win over Floyd in 11 years. The New Albany duo led Floyd’s Jack Stoner and Alex Saxon 5-1 in the third set before Stoner and Saxon won the final six games to give the Highlanders the season-opening victory.

“They really dug in,” Floyd Central assistant coach Brandon Miller said of Stoner and Saxon. “The match was a lot of fun. Both teams really wanted to win.”

New Albany won at No. 2 singles behind Alec Bates’ 7-5, 6-4 win over Duncan Bishop and at No. 2 doubles with Nick White’s and Jacob Stevens’ 6-2, 6-3 win over Austin Ivey and Reed Plunkett.

Floyd’s Ryan Plunkett edged Logan Charbonneau 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and Chris Boone earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over Zach Daniel at No. 2 singles for the Highlanders.

“New Albany and Floyd Central are very evenly matched,” Miller said. “Both teams have a lot of talent and both are only going to get better.

• Dragons sweep Charlestown: Silver Creek dropped just 11 games in a 5-0 Mid-Southern Conference sweep of Charlestown on Wednesday.

Brennan Thompson earned a victory at No. 1 singles over Ben Delaney 6-1, 6-2, Nick Sprikle defeated Kyle Jackson 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and at No. 3 single, Jake Steele breezed to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tyler Massie.

The Dragons doubles teams of Gabe Bauer and Isaac Corum at No.1 and Max Moore and Braden McCarthy lost just four games combined.

“We don’t really have anything to complain about,” Silver Creek coach Robert Briscoe said. “It’s hard to complain when you only lose 11 games in a varsity contest, but we did see some things that we need to work on to make a nice little tournament run when we get to October.”

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