The Kokomo boys’ tennis team lost a hard-fought match last night to Mississinewa in a tight 3-2 match. Mississinewa returned its entire district-ranked team from last year.
First to strike was Jon Callane at number one singles. One of the bright spots of the night was that Callane reversed a tough and grueling loss from the 2018 season with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over his same opponent. Next to strike was the number one doubles team for Mississinewa. Taylor Duncan and Nathanael Elkin gave it all they had but came up shy in their loss against a very strong team. Pablo Ketterer was next to strike and played outstanding against a high-quality opponent in his 6-1, 6-3 win. Ketterer’s win gave the Kats a 2-1 lead.
The Indians leveled the match by winning a tight number two doubles match by the score of 6-2, 7-5. Rajon Sellers and Ty Lauderbaugh continued to show improvement and almost got the job done against a very strong team. Jackson Richards’ match was the decider. After a battle of a 7-5 first set, Richards rolled his ankle at 2-1 in the second set. Though limited in mobility, Richards still battled and gave his best effort in a very competitive 7-5, 6-3 loss.
The JV lost a close one by the score of 3-2. Winners included Lucas Cummings and Karson Parrott in singles.
The Kats moved to 2-1 on the season and start conference play on Monday night when traveling to McCutcheon at 4:30 p.m.