Hamilton Southeastern hosted the Royals JV invitational tennis tournament this weekend and took home the 1st place trophy for the second year in a row. Our players all played well, with 4 out of 5 spots making it all the way to the finals. Otto Lutz led the way at 1-singles with the outright victory. Otto was solid all day, playing high quality tennis. On his path to victory he scored wins over Fishers, Cathedral, and North Central. At 2-singles, Logan Hubbard also had a great day. He battled some leg cramps in the last two matches but still took his final to a third set tiebreaker before his Fishers opponent finally got him. Andrew Spirrison, playing at 3-singles, also made it to the finals. He did so in dominating fashion with straight set victories over his first two round opponents. He also pushed his North Central opponent to a third set tiebreaker in the final, before coming up just short. Our 1-doubles team of Dante Cefali and Bode Newell had a tough draw with the first round match against North Central, but bounced back well after that loss to win the next two matches and win the back draw. And our 2-doubles team of Daniel Verde and Jackson Bill showed their dominance all day with straight set victories over all of their opponents to win the flight and cement our victory. Overall we showed how dominating our JV squad has been all year.
On top of that victory, we also showed how deep and talented our JV team is, by the 6th place of our second team in the JV invite. At 1-singles for this team was Evan Wang, who had a tough draw of North Central in the first round, but bounced back and ended the day in 6th place for his flight. Teddy Houseman at 2-singles had a great day, only getting beat by our own player and charging to a 3rd place finish. And holding down our 3-singles spot was Anthony Blinco for the first two matches, then Kyle Bragg came in to close it out with a 7th place finish. 1-doubles for the second team was Aiden Holmes and Brandon Sogocio. They had a very close match with Cathedral in the first round, taking them to a third set tie-breaker, before getting knocked to the back draw, but they bounced back well to win that. And our 2-doubles team of Grant Holmes and Shlok Kulkarni powered all the way to the finals, only to get beat by their teammates on team one.
And a special shout-out to Adam Fullhart. Adam was not scheduled to play today, but due to a player for Franklin Central being sick, Adam stepped in to play 3-singles for Franklin Central (so that everyone could be a full participant), and ended up with a 4th place finish, accounting for half of Frankiln Central’s total points on his own.
What a great day for Royals tennis. What a great group of boys on both of these teams. The future of Royals tennis looks really good as only one player on both teams is a senior, we expect everyone here to continue to make improvements to our program. Great day boys.