By Will Willems
The Lebanon Tigers tennis team hung around as long as they could in the regional final against No. 2-ranked Park Tudor Thursday afternoon.
But in the end, the Panthers were too tough, topping Lebanon 5-0.
“That is what we wanted to see — our guys going out there and fighting,” Lebanon head coach Brad Mustin said. “We have a style of tennis that Park Tudor and other Indianapolis schools don’t see a lot of. We showed that today and showed that we can play with the best.”
At No. 1 singles, Lebanon’s Josh Wright lost 6-0, 6-0 to Daniel Rayl.
Rayl is ranked 36th in the nation and second in the state of Indiana. Mustin said that Wright set a good example for the rest of the team in the way he played the 5-star recruit.
“He showed all those younger players that you do fight all the way through,” Mustin said. “That is what we are trying to build here, that no matter who we play we fight until the end.”
At No. 1 doubles, Graham Reinbold and Jack McCarter topped Malachi Vann and Grayson Heinbaugh 6-0. 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Levi Siegel and Alex Bertolini defeated Cameron Hudson and Nick Wright 6-4, 6-1.
At No. 2 singles, Sam Godby hung with Scott Thygesen before falling in two sets 6-4, 6-2.
Raghuram Srinivasan won the first set against Ben Klapper and after losing the second set, appeared on his way to winning his match going up 3-0 in the third. But Klapper came back to win the set 6-4.
For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.