Kokomo’s boys tennis team evened its season record at 3-3 after a 4-1 victory over county-rival Northwestern on Tuesday afternoon at the KHS courts.
Craig Simon picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles to get the Wildkats off on the right foot.
Bryce York added a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles for Kokomo, while Grant Patterson defeated Kyle Douglass 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 3 post to finish off a singles sweep for the Kats.
Blake Brookshire and Jake Farkas added a 6-1, 6-3 win for Kokomo at No. 2 doubles.
Northwestern’s No. 1 doubles team of Will DeVaul and Joel Austin outlasted Erik Bowen and Brad Dockemeyer 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) to prevent a shutout loss for the Purple Tigers.
“I was really pleased with the way we competed,” Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary said. “We came out strong at No. 1 singles, No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles and picked up decisive wins. We dropped our first sets in the other spots but still fought hard. Patterson was impressive. We took things away from the match that will help us in the future. Our No. 1 doubles match was very entertaining. There were lots of lead changes and match points on both sides. It was fun to watch.”
Western 4, Tipton 1
No. 1 singles player Judson Quinn improved to 4-0 on the season as the Panthers evened their record at 2-2 with the home win over the Blue Devils.
Quinn took a 6-0, 6-0 decision at No. 1. He has yet to drop a set this season.
Brody Worl battled back to take a three-set win, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Justin Groothuis and Vito Pulverenti were 7-6 (7-0), 6-2 winners, while the Panthers’ No. 2 duo of Luke Florek and Kaleb Howard took a 6-4, 6-4 win.
“I thought we fought hard,” Western coach Andrew Miller said. “Brody has fought hard this year at No. 2 singles but hasn’t gotten a win until [Tuesday] night. I’m extremely thrilled for him, especially in winning a three-setter. Our doubles I thought really stepped up. [Tipton] has some experienced doubles teams, but we were able to get to the net, be aggressive and get the wins.