Anytime he’s been asked about postseason success over the years, Taylor boys tennis coach Dave Wise has always had a simple response: If he got into coaching to win sectional championships, he wouldn’t have lasted long.
But, they sure are easy to savor when they come along.
The Titans delivered Wise the second sectional title of his 39-year career Friday, and first since 1981, with a 4-1 victory over host Kokomo, the squad that had defeated Taylor in each of the last two sectional championship matches.
“This one is exceptionally special,” Wise said. “We had such a good team last year, and we came some close last year to winning the sectional. The expectations for this team were not anything like last year’s team. We probably weren’t supposed to win the sectional, but it just seemed as the season went by that things were falling in place. You get this attitude when you’ve lost so many that sometimes you just feel like it’s not going to happen again. Getting to my age, there’s not many chances left. I’m just so happy for the kids, and it’s nice for the school, because we need this kind of success.”
Senior Jack Lipchik started Taylor (15-3) on the right foot with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Craig Simon at No. 1 singles. The No. 1 doubles team of senior Austin Douglas and sophomore Cole Schroder followed with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Brad Dockemeyer and Erik Bowen.
With the Titans leading the match 2-1, that day’s final two spots, Nos. 2 and 3 singles, both went to a third set.
Taylor senior Casey Glick shook off getting blanked in the second set to defeat freshman Grant Patterson at the No. 3 post, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2. Titan sophomore Camden Kimbler outlasted Bryce York in the other three-setter, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the final match off the court.