> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Jeffersonville won four of the five individual championships and won the Jeff Classic by seven points over eighth-ranked Evansville Memorial on Saturday.
Three of the Red Devils’ four titles came against Memorial, which had upset No. 6 Jasper 4-1 earlier this week. Jeff beat the potential semistate opponent 4-1 in head-to-head matches.
“For us to beat Memorial 4-1 head-to-head after finishing behind them in the last invite was a nice accomplishment for the team,” Devils coach Mark Reilly said.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be played over two days. With the rain on Friday, it became a one-day event, forcing players to play three matches in one day. It also forced the third sets to go to 10-point tiebreakers instead of full sets.
Two of Jeff’s three singles — at No. 2 and No. 3 singles — came in a third-set tiebreaker. Brock Winchell defeated Chad Barron 2-6, 6-4, 10-4 at No. 2 singles and Connor Buntin topped Michael Koch 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 at No. 3.
The Devils’ other wins over the Tigers was at No. 1 doubles, where Sam Coward and Jack Reilly needed a 7-4 victory in the first-set tiebreaker before finishing Brandon Wu and Chase Throop 6-3 in the second set.
Memorial’s only win over Jeff came in the No. 1 singles championship match, where Erick Schuette defeated Austin Hunt 6-0, 6-4. Jeff also won at No. 2 doubles as Chase Kayrouz and Justin Padgett defeated rivals Nick White and Zach Daniel of New Albany 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
The title was the Devils’ second straight in the Jeff Classic New Albany finished fourth overall. Eastern placed eighth.
Team scores: Jeffersonville 43, Evansville Memorial 36, Plainfield 24, New Albany 23, Greenwood 16, Gibson Southern 15, Mississinewa 13, Eastern 10.
No. 1 — Erick Schuette (EM) d. Austin Hunt (J) 6-0, 6-4.
No. 2 — Brock Winchell (J) d. Chad Barron (EM) 2-6, 6-4, 10-4.
No. 3 — Connor Buntin (J) d. Michael Koch (EM) 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
No. 1 — Sam Coward-Jack Reilly (J) d. Brandon Wu-Chase Throop (EM) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
No. 2 — Chase Kayrouz-Justin Padgett (J) d. Nick White-Zach Daniel (NA) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.
Next: Jeffersonville hosts New Albany, today in Hoosier Hills Conference first round: Eastern at Paoli, today.