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October 3, 2013

TENNIS SECTIONAL ROUNDUP: Jeff, New Wash to meet in sectional championship

Devils beat Providence 4-1, Mustangs top Clarksville

JEFFERSONVILLE — In what turned out to be an even closer match than expected, 12th-ranked Jeffersonville won the tight head-to-head battles and defeated Providence 4-1 in Wednesday’s Jeffersonville Sectional semifinal round.

The Red Devils will face off with New Washington — a 4-1 winner over Clarksville — in today’s championship, which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Jack Reilly and Sam Coward needed three sets to win at No. 1 doubles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 over Ryan Day and Nolan Carrico, while Brock Winchell at No. 2 double and the Devils’ No. 2 doubles team each won in close two-set matches to help 16-1 Jeff move on.

“We won the match 4-1, but it was a lot closer than the score indicated,” Jeff coach Mark Reilly said. “Providence was up 4-1 in three different sets at different spots and [we] were able to pull it back and win the set.”

“We practiced hard, we played hard and we were definitely ready,” Providence coach Scott Gurgol said. “We just fell a little short. For us being unranked and them being 12th in the state, we came out and battled.”

Jeffersonville’s easiest win came at No. 1 singles, where Austin Hunt scored an impressive 6-1, 6-4 victory over Will Andres.

“Austin won the first five games, but Andres just continued to battle,” Reilly said. “In the second set, Andres went up 4-1 with a break. Austin continued to battle even though he was down. He broke serve and then held and the second set was back even. Both kids played with a lot of heart and played a high level of tennis.”

Providence’s win came at No. 3 singles, where Landon Carrico came back after losing the opening set 6-0 with 6-4 and 6-0 victories in the second and third sets, respectively.

“He showed a lot of heart and effort tonight,” Gurgol said of Carrico.

The Pioneers say goodbye to senior captain Nolan Carrico.

“I had him in middle school and four years of high school,” Gurgol said of Nolan Carrico. “That guy brings passion and excitement and fun to the court every day. He was our captain this year and he was a good one. We’re going to miss him and I’m sure he’s going to be make a college coach proud of him one day, too.”

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