Logansport’s boys tennis team had a comeback win over Muncie Central but didn’t have the same fate later against Richmond on Saturday at Huntington University.
The Richmond loss certainly hurts the Berries’ (2-1, 1-1 North Central Conference) chances of winning an NCC title.
Logansport No. 1 singles player Bryan Zehner suffered his first loss in NCC play in over a year when he was defeated by Richmond freshman Eric Hollingsworth 6-2, 6-2. Zehner had earlier outlasted Muncie freshman Khamasi Muhiga 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
“For Zehner it wasn’t a bad day. He played two legitimate kids that are highly touted for their age,” Logan coach Mike Montgomery said. “They’ve both got freshmen that are very, very good.
“The coach’s son from Richmond is an outstanding player and I knew about him. He’s the real deal. Zehner had nothing in the tank for him after a three-set marathon against the Muncie kid.”
The Berries swept both doubles spots against the Bearcats to get the win. Dustin Clements and Kaleb Overway won 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1, and Zach Overway and Matthew Jennings won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2.
Nathaniel King was defeated 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Lucas Eastburn was defeated 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3.
“I knew Muncie would be a lot better than they were last year,” Montgomery said. “Muncie returned the bulk of their team and got to move their 1 and 2 singles to 2 and 3.”
Jennings and Jerod Cole got the Berries’ lone point against the Red Devils, winning 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.
King lost 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 at No. 2 singles, Eastburn lost 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and Clements and Kaleb Overway lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles.
“To be honest, we were lucky to go 1-1,” Montgomery said. “We were down 2-1 to Muncie and both Clements and Overway and Zehner rallied back to win in three sets to get that done. We were in the same position against Richmond. Clements and Overway got it to a third and Nathaniel got it to a third. We needed both against them but didn’t get either one.”
The Logan coach said it might be time to go back to the drawing board.
“We’re trying to find the right combination,” he said. “We’re not where we were a year ago or even two years ago.
“We’re a ways away from what I think is a good tennis team.”
He said the losses to graduation showed on Saturday.
“We’re starting to see what we had at 2 singles with Cory Rozzi. He won a ton of matches over the last three years. And even last year Owen Swartzell won 13 or 14 matches at 3 singles,” Montgomery said.
The Berries aren’t out of the NCC race yet of course, but conference heavyweight Marion looms at the end of the season.
“Our conference is probably better this year. Kokomo is down but Muncie, Richmond and Huntington are all better. We’re not where we were a year ago,” Montgomery said.
The Logan coach added Richmond will replace Marion at next weekend’s Logan Invite.
The Berries next host perennial tennis power West Lafayette on Tuesday.
Cass finished 2-1 in its own invitational with Hamilton Heights taking the championship with a perfect 3-0 record. Tippecanoe Valley was third (1-2) and Eastern fourth (0-3).
The Kings missed on winning the championship by just four games, according to coach Brian Thomas.
The Kings’ Brennen Garland won the No. 2 singles with a perfect 3-0 record. Other top individuals in the invite were Hamilton Heights Zach Edwards (No. 1 singles), Aaron Smith and Lukas Sipe (No. 1 doubles) and Zach Morgan and Justin Eldin (No. 2 doubles), and Eastern’s Adam Chase (No. 3 singles).
Plymouth 8, Logan 3
Whitney Jennings had two goals and an assist to lead the Berries in their loss at Plymouth.
Amber Hart added a goal for the Berries. Mallory Rowe had a goal on a penalty kick taken away because a Logan player crossed the line into the penalty area to soon.
“We made a lot of mistakes really early,” Logan coach Todd Reiff said. “We gave up a corner kick really early and let them score shortly after that actually on a deflection off of us. So we made some pretty critical mistakes early, but we did some things right and the girls played hard.
“We should have had four goals and had one taken away. We’re learning some things and our ultimate goal is winning conference and winning sectional.”
The Berries (2-1) host Class A No. 2 West Lafayette Monday.
Carroll splits two games
Carroll defeated Sheridan 6-1 in its afternoon game. The Cougars were led by Elliot Packard and Justin Willoughby each with two goals and two assists. Collin Hodson added a goal and assist, and Alex Eldridge finished scoring with a goal. Seth Eldridge had one save.
In the morning game, Carroll lost to Northwestern 5-3. Willoughby led Carroll with two goals and a assist. Alex Hickner added the other goal, and Hodson added the other assist. Eldridge had 12 saves in the game.
• Carroll lost to Harrison on Thursday 8-1 in its season opener. The Cougars lone goal came by Willoughby with the assist by Packard. Eldridge added 12 saves.
Pioneer went 2-2 on the day in Michigan City.
The Panthers opened with a 25-27, 25-18, 15-11 win over Blackhawk. They were then handed two straight defeats, 25-16, 25-19 to Marquette Catholic and 27-25, 25-18 to Michigan City. They closed out the day with a 25-20, 25-19 win over South Bend Adams.
Sarah Dorris had 30 kills, 30 digs and four blocks on the day for the Panthers (2-3). Hannah Tevis had 46 kills, 11 digs, eight blocks and four aces.
Kayte Miller posted 20 kills, 18 digs and 17 assists. Jessica Lawrence had 21 kills, seven digs and three blocks, Maddie Kiser floored 19 kills and 10 blocks and Lindsey Stewart had 18 kills and nine blocks.
Megan Smith collected 31 digs and two aces. Shelby Roller had 28 assists and 22 digs, and Riley Morris added 14 assists and 10 digs.
“We started off with Fort Wayne Blackhawk. They ended up winning our pool and we beat them,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “We just fell apart against Marquette. We couldn’t serve receive. It was kind of like Rochester where we couldn’t get going. We made mental mistake after mental mistake. Michigan City, the same thing there, we didn’t play all that well. We had the lead but couldn’t put them away. That seems to be a continuous problem in the early season for us. South Bend Adams was not that good. I was able to get my freshmen in there quite a bit. The scores weren’t nearly as close as they appear.
“We’ve got to get back in the gym and work on ball control and communication. We’ve got to cut down on the errors we’re making, the unforced errors. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We could be pretty good but we’re not there yet.”
The Panthers have next week off match-wise and will host Logansport a week from Tuesday.
Cass went 1-3 on the day.
The Kings closed out the day with their lone win, 25-18, 25-8 over Southern Wells. Trish Hartley had eight kills and Tori Powell had nine digs. Aubrey Young served seven aces.
The Kings (1-5 overall) opened with a 25-14, 25-19 loss to Wawasee. Hartley had six kills and Kassi Zeck had seven digs.
The Kings were defeated by Tipton 25-10, 22-25, 15-8. Hartley had four kills and Claire Crum had six digs.
The Kings lost to Mississinewa 25-8, 25-10. Hartley had three kills and Karley Arion had four digs.
“We started out slowly moving and reacting to plays,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said. “We fixed that and then had a spell of hitting errors. We improved that a little and then played pretty poor defense.
“We will be working on defensive responsibilities as well as looking across the net for the hitters. Hitting mechanics will also be addressed. On the positive side we served well and serve receive was fairly consistent. We gave good effort and communicated well enough.”
The Kings travel to Southwood on Tuesday.
Logansport shot a 431 at Round Barn Golf Club.
Kristina Kniesly led the Berries with a 101, followed by Megan Farris (107), Bree Bair (109), Alli Biggs (113) and Haley Lopez (118).
“Not much positive came from this day, except we learned you can’t play competitive golf with a poor attitude,” Logan coach Bob Bannon said. “Mental toughness was not present for the most part. We must learn from this experience.”