By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Two familiar teams will meet tonight in the finals of the Goshen boys tennis sectional.
Goshen dispatched Jimtown, 4-1 and Fairfield edged Bethany Christian, 3-2 Thursday night at Goshen Middle School in the semifinals.
Goshen coach Daniel Love said his team played better tennis than in Wednesday night’s quarterfinal match against NorthWood, which saw the Redskins have to rally in the final match for a 3-2 win.
“NorthWood came out ready to play and we didn’t,” Love said of the Wednesday night matchup with the Panthers. “This time of the year, one bad night can end your season.”
Love was much more pleased with the effort he saw Thursday night in the semifinals against Jimtown.
“We came out and played our brand of tennis,” Love said. “We were much more aggressive.”
At No. 1 singles, Goshen’s Hudson Kay was locked in a tough match with Jimtown’s Michael Pawlak, when he heard that the Redskins’ No. 2 doubles team of Zach Troyer and Logan Troyer had won their match, clinching the meet for Goshen.
Kay said that relieved some of the pressure in his match, but he was still able to prevail in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
“I was able to get my shots to drop in today,” Kay said,
Fairfield, meanwhile, had a little bit tougher time with area rival Bethany: The Falcons swept the singles matches, but Bethany took both doubles matches.
Despite the two doubles losses, Fairfield coach Mike Filbrun was pleased with the play exhibited by his entire lineup.
“Our guys were aggressive but consistent,” Filbrun said.
Falcon No. 1 singles player Austin Christner said all areas of his game were on Thursday night.
“My serving was especially good, and I came to the net well,” Christner said.
Christner, a senior, will be making his third appearance in the sectional finals with the Falcons. This will be his first time playing No. 1 singles in a sectional final, however.
“I’ve been there before, I know what to expect,” Christner said. “We have to make sure we come out with enthusiasm and energy right from the start.”
Tonight’s sectional final meet gets underway at 4:30 p.m.
The two teams met in September in a nonconference matchup, with Fairfield winning, 3-2.
Filbrun said the earlier matchup will give his team some idea what to expect against the Redskins, but with lineup changes for both teams over the past month, there should be some new wrinkles on both sides.
Goshen 4, Jimtown 1
No. 1 — Hudson Kay (G) def. Michael Pawlak, 6-4, 7-5.
No. 2 — Austin Stutzman (G) def. Jacob Gongwer, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3 — Luke Rush (G) def. Brody Johnson, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 — Ben Jaworski-Adam DeShone (J) def. Derick Hostetler-Peter Vukovich, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 — Zach Troyer-Logan Troyer (G) def. Hunter Price-Isaac Pope, 6-4, 6-3.
Fairfield 3, Bethany Christian 2
No. 1 — Austin Christner (F) def. Abe Thorne, 6-1, 6-3.
No. 2 — Adam Yoder (F) def. Jesse Amstutz, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 — Marcus Rhodes (F) def. Sol Brenneman, 6-3, 6-4..
No. 1 — Hans Miller-Joel Gerig (BC) def. Lamdyn NUnemaker-Nathan Azzarito, 6-1. 3-6. 7-5.
No. 2 — Parth Patel-Landon Weldy (BC) def. Isaac Miller-Samuel Clayton, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.