Patriot tennis season ended by Mater Dei

Heritage Hills boys tennis proved it wasn’t a one-hit wonder by winning back-to-back sectional titles last month. But another impressive season ended Tuesday at the regional semifinal round.


The Patriots were ousted by Evansville Mater Dei 3-2 in Evansville.
Heritage Hills (16-4) won both of their doubles matches to get off on the right foot. The No. 1 duo of Josh Nelson and Jacob Luebbehusen earned a 6-4, 6-3 victory, while the No. 2 pairing of Trae Hirt and Zach Weaver picked up a 6-0, 6-0 triumph.

But singles proved to be the Patriots’ undoing, as Logan Smallwood, Cameron Van Winkle and Josh Dellamuth combined to win just eight of 44 games in their Nos. 1, 2 and 3 matches, respectively.
Heritage Hills’ Nelson and Luebbehussen are not finished playing in 2017, however, as they will take on North Posey’s Riley Drone and Blake Schmitt today in the individual doubles tournament.

The rest of Tuesday’s best in local prep sports:

Rangers win thriller: Macie Zink pounded 14 kills as Forest Park volleyball scratched out a five-set victory over non-conference foe Perry Central on the road.

The Rangers (6-17) took the bout 25-14, 25-17, 22-25, 19-25, 15-11 behind Zink’s performance, as well as 19 digs from Taylor Bayer, 35 assists from Kylie Giesler and four aces apiece from Bayer and Giesler.

Patriots top Raiders: Abby Wahl and Melissa Bell both hit double-digit kills in a three-set volleyball sweep for Heritage Hills against visiting Southridge.

The Patriots (23-4, 7-0 Pocket Athletic Conference) defeated the Raiders (7-18, 1-7) by a 25-16, 25-12, 25-15 ledger.

Wahl posted 13 kills and Bell had 10, while Abby Wetzel picked up 25 assists. Corrie Burrougs added 11 digs for the host team.

Southridge was paced by six kills apiece from Kenzie Lubbehusen and Kenzie Young, as well as 12 assists from Savanah Goeppner and nine digs from Boo Polley.

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