Jeeps sweep Raiders in county showdownAugust 17, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
DUBOIS - Northeast Dubois tennis coach Dwayne Knies spoke to The Herald before Tuesday's season opener with Southridge, saying that his boys were ready to play a tennis match.
So far, so good, as the Jeeps (1-0) reeled off a 5-0 sweep of their county rival Raiders (1-1). Knies thought his players had some jitters in their first varsity match, and while it wasn't perfect tennis, it didn't need to be. He thinks some of his players need to move their feet more and didn't think the Jeeps had their best serves during the match.
However, he also saw the good in them.
"Our singles guys played some smart tennis," Knies said. "They did what they needed to do. They kept the ball in and they took advantage of short balls and got to the net. It looked like they were hitting some good passing shots also and some lobs.
"I thought our doubles guys stayed aggressive, which was good," he continued. "I thought that was a key to our doubles. We had guys coming to the net, putting balls away at times. I think those were the keys today."
Northeast Dubois ranged in experience in Tuesday's opener, from senior No. 1 singles player Aden Thewes returning to the spot he played in last year to junior No. 1 doubles combination Aidan Dodd and Ty Kalb playing in their first varsity match together.
Thewes scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory over fellow senior Max Rasche of Southridge, while Dodd and Kalb notched a 6-2, 6-3 victory against fellow juniors Mick Uebelhor and Kyan Thyen of the Raiders. The pairing of Dodd with Kalb is a notable one because they're first cousins.
Dodd thinks that familial relationship helps because it's easier for them to talk to each other, while Kalb noted that they argue sometimes, but given how close they are, they have to get into each other sometimes.
"It's pretty exciting, being able to play with my cousin, and definitely winning was a plus in that," Dodd said.
"We definitely both like to win," Kalb added. "We both kind of drive each other, I guess, and challenge each other to do better."
For Southridge, it was a setback, given that the Raiders pulled off a 5-0 sweep of Pocket Athletic Conference rival Boonville on Monday, only for the same thing to happen to the Raiders on Tuesday.
"Northeast Dubois, they're always solid, and today was no different," Southridge coach Paul Kinker said. "They played well, and we had some opportunities on one doubles. I thought we played one doubles very well, we just ended up on the wrong side of that.
"Their one singles is extremely strong, and has been for a couple years," Kinker continued. "So, we knew that one would be tough. Two doubles (senior Cory Abell and junior Kaden Thyen), they struggled a little bit today."
The No. 3 singles match between junior Gabe Boeglin of Southridge and fellow junior Gavin Leinenbach of Northeast Dubois was still going on at the time Kinker was speaking to The Herald. Kinker noted Boeglin never played No. 3 singles before, but he was still battling. Leinenbach came away with the 6-3, 6-1 win against Boeglin.
He thought Rasche played well, even if the score didn't reflect it. Kinker thought his No. 1 singles had some good shots and looked relaxed, which is what he needs to do the remainder of this long season. He thinks No. 2 singles player, junior Brice King, needs to be more consistent, as he had a lot of long balls in his 6-1, 6-0 loss to sophomore Aiden Buechler of the Jeeps. Meanwhile, he felt his doubles teams didn't have deep lobs, which cost them.
Kinker is looking for his doubles players to shorten their points, while urging his singles players not to go for the kill shot right away.
"We needed to play a team of this caliber to see where we stood and we needed to see how we shaped up to them," he said.
Both of these teams will have to put this match behind them in short order, as the Jeeps are set to be back at it Wednesday at home against Vincennes Rivet, while the Raiders are scheduled to return Wednesday at North Daviess.
"I think we mix up (the lineup) a little bit and see where we stand," Kinker said.
"Our goal right now is to get better every day we step on the tennis court," Knies said. "So, if we can do that, we can get a little bit better each time, I think by the end of the season, we'll be in pretty good shape."
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