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September 4, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Jeff tennis stays hot with sweep of Dragons

Geveden’s hat trick leads Bulldogs past Corydon, 3-2

JEFFERSONVILLE —  Jeffersonville beat Silver Creek 5-0 on Wednesday in its eighth match in nine days.

After losing to Jasper on Saturday, the 12th-ranked Red Devils have now beaten No. 10 Center Grove and swept Seymour and Silver Creek in consecutive days.

“We were on a mental high on Monday after we beat Center Grove. We probably played our best tennis in two years,” Jeff coach Mark Reilly said. “[Against Seymour] we weren’t really focused, but today in the first set, our guys were so high energy. I liked our intensity and focus.”

Jeffersonville beat the rival Dragons in five straight-set matches on Wednesday.

“This is probably one of our better wins against Silver Creek,” Reilly said.

The suddenly red-hot Red Devils can probably thank their loss to No. 8 Jasper for their recent play. After the loss, Reilly tweaked the lineup and it has paid major dividends, including winning 20 straight sets over the past two days.

“It’s good that we’re [experimenting with the lineup] now against Silver Creek and when we play [potential sectional and regional opponents] Floyd Central and Providence and New Albany,” Reilly said. “If we’re not successful with this lineup against them, I could make another change. If we are successful with it, I could see us using the same lineup in a tournament run.”

A big part of the move was moving Sam Coward from No. 2 singles to No. 1 double with his long-time partner Jack Reilly. The duo has played over 100 matches together at Jeff and during the summer. In the past three days, they’ve rolled past good teams from Center Grove and Silver Creek. They beat Gabe Bauer and  Isaac Corum, 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday.

“Our 2-8 players are all pretty close,” Coach Reilly said. “But Jack and Sam know each other so well and they play well together. They play year-round together. You can’t coach that.”

The change also moved 6-foot-6 lefty Connor Buntin to No. 3 singles. Buntin beat Jake Steele 6-2 in Wednesday’s opening set before needing to win 9-7 in the second-set tiebreaker for the victory.

“With Connor at No. 3 singles, people have issues with his left-handed serve,” Mark Reilly said. “It was good to see  him under stress at singles. He’s very coachable. I made a few adjustments and he made the adjustments on the court.”

Austin Hunt has been at No. 1 singles all year. On Wednesday, he showed why, beating Creek’s Nick Sprinkle without surrendering a game.

“Austin Hunt was on fire,” Mark Reilly said. “I think that’s the best I’ve seen him serve all year.”

Jeff’s other wins came at No. 2 singles, where Brock Winchell beat Brennan Thompson 6-3, 6-2, and at No. 2 doubles as Kooper Falkenstein and Justin Padgett defeated Noah Eckert and Braden McCartney 6-0, 6-4.

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