By: Julia Ariens – Oct. 22nd, 2013
The Jasper boy’s tennis team, led by Coach Yarbrough, made their third consecutive run to the state championships this past weekend at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Indianapolis. As Yarbrough put it: “We’ve got a good team. Very talented, we are just going to play our hardest and see where that takes us.” The boys left on Thursday and the first round was Friday afternoon. They played Park Tutor in the first round of the state competition.
Their one singles player, Eli Seng, is now a senior. He has been playing on varsity since his sophomore year. The past three years he has gotten to help the Cats at their run to state. “It feels really good: 3 consecutive years. It’s a big accomplishment.”
Grant Weaver (junior) takes the number two singles spot, while Logan Mathies (sophomore) takes number 3. Joe Kempker (sophomore) and Luke Hochgesang (senior) play the one doubles spot. Ben Seng (senior) and Alex Allen (sophomore) come in at the number two doubles spot.
The team fell a little short while playing Park Tutor in the first round. (2-3) Going into three sets, Logan Mathies and one doubles both pulled off wins, but one and two singles, as well as two doubles fell to Park Tutor. Park tutor continued on to get second in the state, behind North Central. After his match, Eli stated, “I played really well, didn’t play bad. The kid I played was just a much better player than I was. Nothing I could’ve done. He was too good.”
Overall they played well, but came out a little short. Congratulations to all of these guys on a great season and great run to the state championship!
Eli Seng contributed to this report.