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October 3, 2013

Hatchets take tennis title

WHS ends Rivet's tennis sectional streak

VINCENNES - Although it has been 10 years since Washington last won a sectional title, no one was talking about history on Thursday at Vincennes Lincoln.

They were talking about making history.

In just an hour and a half, the 2013 edition of the Hatchets, stopped the Vincennes Rivet Patriot tennis dynasty, with a 3-2 win and their first win since 2003.

Rivet had won seven straight sectionals and had defeated WHS earlier in the year, but when the dust cleared, WHS (20-3) had won both doubles spots and the No. 3 singles slot to earn the right to move on to the Jasper Regional.

“We won a sectional in my very first year coaching here (2003) but you never know when you are going to have a chance to win one again,” said WHS coach Jason Johnston. “This feels really great right now.

The first Hatchet win came from Jake Bedwell and Jon Harner at No. 2 doubles. The pair defeated Ben Templin and Mitchell Hamilton, 6-1, 6-4. The win evened play at 1-1 early on, has Hatchet senior Jacob Lutrell fell to Alex Stenger, 6-0 and 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

“That first win was really important,” said Johnston. “Because we were up in two other spots when we got it.”

Seniors Corey Thompson and Tyler Stoll then came up with a two-set win (6-3, 6-2) in the top doubles spot over Nicholas Niehaus and Collin Wirth.

The Hatchet pair won 6-3 in the first set and were up 3-2 in the second, when they broke Rivet’s serve to put them in the driver’s seat, 4-2.

“That was a really big moment for us,” said Stoll. “We really felt like we were in control at that point,” added Thompson.

Both felt winning this title was an important moment for all three seniors on the team, who had previously lost to Rivet in the finals.

“We have been doing this for four years (playing varsity), so it feels really great,” added Stoll.

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