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BOYS TENNIS: South ends BNL’s campaign

Alex East

Alex East

Brandt Callahan

Brandt Callahan

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington South ended Bedford North Lawrence’s record-setting season with a 4-1 victory in the IHSAA sectional at South on Wednesday night.

The Stars, who posted their win at No.2 singles, finished the year with a 16-7 record, the most wins in program history. South also recorded a 5-0 win over BNL during the regular season.

BNL certainly had its shot at the upset. The Stars lost two three-set battles, and their early lead – with one court already in hand and first-set wins on two others – got South’s complete attention.

“It was the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all in one,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “In the middle of the match it looked like we could pull it off, and then it kind of tailed off. We had them by the throat, the crowd was getting antsy, and we were just enjoying the moment. We were in the driver’s seat.”

BNL got on the board as Brandt Callahan conquered Mohammad Dabdoub 6-1, 6-2 at No.2 singles. The key matches were No.3 singles and No.1 doubles. South’s Henry Ruff rallied past Logan Bland-Chastain 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, while Holt Henke and Chris Piekarsky fought past Alex East and Corbin Bushey 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 (and the BNL duo had a 4-3 lead in the third).

“Logan came out like a ball of fire and was hitting the ball well,” Thomas said. “Once that was over he kind of slowed down, and doubles looked really good. I was proud of them, they really battled.”

The Panthers also claimed No.1 singles as Konnor Shapiro swept past Ian Dillman 6-0, 6-0, while Eric Johnsen and Thomas Joyce stopped Isaac Titche and Christopher Kidd 6-2, 6-2 at No.2 doubles.

“It was a good way to end the season,” Thomas said. “If you know you played your best and played fair and honest, what more can you do? One of these days they’re not going to count wins and losses, they’re going to count how we acted on the court.”

IHSAA SECTIONAL

Bloomington South 4, BNL 1

Singles: 1. Konnor Shapiro, BS d. Ian Dillman 6-0, 6-0; 2. Brandt Callahan, BNL d. Mohammad Dabdoub 6-1, 6-2; 3. Henry Ruff, BS d. Logan Bland-Chastain 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

Doubles: 1. Holt Henke and Chris Piekarsky, BS d. Alex East and Corbin Bushey 5-7, 6-2, 6-4; 2. Eric Johnsen and Thomas Joyce, BS d. Isaac Titche and Christopher Kidd 6-2, 6-2.