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COLUMBUS, Ind. – Junior Kevin Lin breezed to a pair of victories at No. 1 singles Saturday (Aug. 26) to lead the Columbus North boys tennis team to respective 3-2 triumphs over Terre Haute North and Plainfield.
Lin defeated Patriots senior Brayden Stultz 6-1, 6-1 in the Bull Dogs’ opener, a regularly scheduled Conference Indiana encounter. Lin followed with a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Quakers sophomore Brady Sinus in the second match, a makeup from a rainout last Monday (Aug. 21).
Lin was the only CN athlete to go 2-0 for the day as the Bull Dogs improved to 4-0 in dual matches. All the other varsity players went 1-1 – sophomore Joey Zhao at No. 2 singles, senior Akshaya Sabapathy at No. 3 singles, seniors Isaac Jackson and Ben Mathew at No. 1 doubles and the tandem of senior Chris Ruble and sophomore Adam Saad at No. 2 doubles.
It was the two doubles duos who delivered the decisive points against Terre Haute North. Jackson and Mathew rallied to beat Patriots seniors Jason Mundell and Matt Wilson 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 while Ruble and Saad outlasted THN juniors Drew Bishop and Alex Sacupolus 6-2, 1-6, 6-2. Their efforts allowed CN to move to 2-0 in CI matches.
Zhao and Sabapathy proved pivotal against Plainfield. Zhao topped Quakers sophomore Cameron Chakin 6-3, 6-3 while Sabapathy came back to top Quakers sophomore Alex Wessinger 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Columbus North returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 31) when it visits Perry Meridian for another league match. The Bull Dogs follow by hosting Center Grove at 9 a.m. next Saturday (Sept. 2).
AT COLUMBUS NORTH
Team score: Columbus North 3, Terre Haute North 2
S1: Kevin Lin (CN) d. Brayden Stultz (THN) 6-1, 6-2
S2: Alex McGuire (THN) d. Joey Zhao (CN) 6-1, 6-4
S3: Peter Christ (THN) d. Akshaya Sabapathy (CN) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
D1: Isaac Jackson/Ben Mathew (CN) d. Jason Mundell/Matt Wilson (THN) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
D2: Chris Ruble/Adam Saad (CN) d. Drew Bishop/Alex Sacupolus (THN) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
Team score: Columbus North 3, Plainfield 2
S1: Kevin Lin (CN) d. Brady Sinus (P) 6-0, 6-3
S2: Joey Zhao (CN) d. Cameron Chakin (P) 6-3, 6-3
S3: Akshaya Sabapathy (CN) d. Alex Wessinger (P) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
D1: Devele Wright/Camden East (P) d. Isaac Jackson/Ben Mathew (CN) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
D2: Cade East/Matt Stone (P) d. Chris Ruble/Adam Saad (CN) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
2017 CN BOYS TENNIS VARSITY RECORDS
Through Aug. 26
Kevin Lin: 5-2 overall (5-2 at S1)
Joey Zhao: 4-3 overall (4-3 at S2)
Akshaya Sabapathy: 5-2 overall (5-2 at S3)
Isaac Jackson: 4-3 overall (4-3 at D1)
Ben Mathew: 4-3 overall (4-3 at D1)
Chris Ruble: 4-3 overall (4-3 at D2)
Adam Saad: 4-3 overall (4-3 at D2)