Apaches win tennis sectional

Rob Ford delivers a serve in the sectional championship against Peru. The Apaches won the title and advanced to the Culver Regional. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

PERU -- The Wabash boys tennis team captured the 2017 sectional title to continue an historic season with a 4-1 win over Peru.

The Apaches improved to 20-1 with the two sectional wins and advanced to the Culver Regional by winning the sectional title.

“Going into the match, we felt confident, and we felt that if we could win at 2-doubles, that would really give us confidence moving forward,” Wabash coach Niko Macaluso said.

The 2-doubles team of Asif Khan and Jonah France was the first off the court with a dominating 6-0, 6-2 win.

Wabash swept the doubles when Alex Driscoll and Matt Stein won 6-4, 6-4.

At 1-singles, Rob Ford won 6-1, 7-5, and Luke Mattern won at 2-singles 6-3, 6-2.

Gage Ballard, who moved to 3-singles late in the season, lost 6-1, 6-1.

“Gage hasn’t had a whole lot of experience at singles, but has gotten better each match,” Macaluso said. “He played well and battled all match long.

“I’m really proud of the guys on the match and on the year we’ve had so far. Hopefully, we can continue our success at regional.”

The Apaches will face Warsaw in the first round of the Culver Regional on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Posted on 2017 Oct 03