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October 9, 2013

Berries net regional victory

Logansport edges Taylor 3-2 to advance to final

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Logansport coach Mike Montgomery said the match was nerve-racking for him but was glad that Zehner was going to decide it.

“If it has to come down to needing one point, he’s our best player and who I’ve got the most confidence to go to with something like that,” he said.

“Lucas played really well at 3 singles, and 2 doubles was solid. They’ve been a good point for us all year.”

Montgomery credited Taylor’s improvement after the Berries defeated the Titans 4-1 early in the year.

“Their No. 1 doubles team was remarkably different. They were so much more aggressive so credit them there,” he said. “Unfortunately for Dustin and Kaleb it’s been that kind of year. They came out like gangbusters the first three games and led 3-0 and struggled the rest of the way.”

Montgomery said King’s opponent was like a backboard and wished King would have been more patient in his approach.

Taylor coach Dave Wise picked up his 400th coaching win earlier this year in his 39th season and nearly got a regional win in the Titans’ first appearance since 1981.

“It looked good early. Jack was up on him the first set, got the first set. The second set was really close,” Wise said. “The kid just wears you down. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a No. 1 singles player that has that style that plays it that well. I didn’t have any words of wisdom for Jack, because what do you tell him. The kid doesn’t make very many mistakes. So it was a great match but it just didn’t come out in our favor.

“But the kids played really, really well all up and down the lineup. It was a really good season for us. You’d like to keep going. But you think there’s a team that was in second place in the North Central Conference, was 17-3 with their schedule. So we played them right down to the wire.”

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