The Eagles’ tennis team lost to Parke Heritage in the first round of the Crawfordsville Regional last night 2-3. Despite the team loss, the number one doubles team of Arnold and Pistelli won their match and will advance in the individual tournament.
“Last night didn’t go the way we wanted it to. Kudos to Parke Heritage–a very talented team, and well coached. No. 2 singles (Ty VanSickle) started the night on a positive note, winning in straight sets. I can’t say enough about Ty, and how he was playing with such confidence. He’s impressed me all season long. No. 3 singles (Garrett Heavin), although playing a very talented freshman, struggled a bit, losing in straight sets; but I can’t say enough about his effort, and how he refuses to give up–that says a lot about his character. No. 2 doubles (Long/Rector) also lost in straight sets, but I’m extremely proud of their effort and impressed with how they have improved since day one of this season. No. 1 doubles Arnold/Pistelli won in straight sets to even the team score. They continue to play extremely well together. With the team score tied at 2 all, the match came down to No. 1 singles Thomas Fanning.
Losing the first set 4-6 and being down in the second, Fanning fought back to even the set 6 all, and go into a tiebreak. Going back and forth with Clay Butler of Parke Heritage, Thomas succumbed to his opponent in the tiebreak, 8-10. I can’t say enough about Thomas and his effort day in and day out. In tennis, when you receive compliments from opponents, opposing coaches, and opponents’ parents, you know you have special athletes. What an incredible season, with back-to-back sectional titles, conference champions, and undefeated in regular season play. Our five seniors have led the way – they are the perfect example of true student athletes. We’re looking forward to seeing how far Arnold and Pistelli can advance tonight in the individual doubles tournament against North Montgomery.”