Jeeps closing in on first title

From Herald Staff Reports

It’s said that to beat any team can be tough. To beat that same team a second time, even tougher.

The Northeast Dubois boys tennis team dispelled any such notion Wednesday with its 5-0 blanking of Loogootee in the Blue Chip Conference foes’ first-round sectional bout, hosted by the Lions.

The Jeeps (17-0), who blanked the 21-time sectional champion by the same count in late August, faced little resistance in advancing to the sectional championship for the second consecutive year. The Lions, who have claimed 10 of the last 13 sectionals, edged Northeast Dubois 3-2 in last year’s sectional final.

Gage Knies surrendered just two games in a straight-set drubbing at No. 2 singles, as did Ethan Kieffner and Patrick Betz at No. 2 doubles. Bill Schepers and Tristan Linne rolled 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles, while No. 1 singles player Tyler Haas wrapped up his match in identical fashion. Cayden Knies did one better, securing a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles.

The Jeeps will vie for their first sectional championship in school history this evening at 5:30 when they clash with Barr-Reeve, a 4-1 winner over Paoli on Wednesday. Northeast Dubois swept the Vikings 5-0 in their regular-season finale Monday.

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