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Greencastle falls to Knights in final

Friday, October 1, 2010

Greencastle No. 3 singles player Joey Kass (left) defeated Northview's Sam Miller in three sets (2-6, 6-3 and 7-5) to give the Tiger Cubs their only win on the night as they lost 4-1 to the Knights in the sectional final. [Order this photo]
BRAZIL -- The host Northview Knights dealt the Greencastle boys' tennis team a 4-1 loss to win the 2010 sectional. The only Tiger Cub to break through was senior Joey Kass, who battled back from a first set loss to win a three-set battle.

Kass dropped the first set 2-6, but found the will to forge on and took the second set 6-3 to even the tally. He took that momentum and dominated early in the third set, going up four games to none.

But Northview's Sam Miller battled back and evened the set at five games all. But as quickly as the momentum shifted, Kass was able to regain it and close the set to win 7-5.

"He played fantastic. I'm very proud of him. He's a senior and his last match and he pulls out a win and did everything we asked of him. That was great. It was a lot of fun watching him do that," head coach Bart Spencer said.

No. 1 singles player Kenny Buchanan lost a tough match to Carson Kleiber, 1-6 and 0-6. Kleiber had a rocket of a first serve Buchanan struggled with throughout the evening.

"Carson is a really good tennis player. His serve was on tonight and Kenny just struggled all night. He's a left-hander, so it's coming in from a completely different angle," Spencer said.

The coach also said it's one of those factors that is difficult to simulate in practice. He said Buchanan spent most of his night trying to figure things out.

"You show up and here's a lefty, with a big wicked kick serve and you're going to spend a lot of games just trying to figure out what to do with it let alone master it and start winning points off of it," he said.

Landon Miller, GHS No. 2 singles, lost to another senior Caleb Mershon and according to Spencer, they are foes the Tiger Cubs are familiar with and his team just has to play their game in that situation.

"We've ran into them several years in a row here and they're just really good tennis players. What do you do? You show up and play the best you can and then go back over the winter and spring and try to get better," Spencer said.

The No. 1 doubles team of Lee Hayes and Cy Spencer fell 1-6 and 0-6, while the No. 2 doubles team of A.J. Gerard and Kaden Faust lost 1-6 and 1-6.

Spencer spoke following the match about the strides his team has made and he hopes they continue to make.

"The big thing is, like I was talking about last night, we took games," he said. "We went from 0-6, 0-6 up and down the court to actually winning a match and then in the championship match, taking two games here and there. We were taking games, we were going to ad and that's the progress. Now the big question is can we build on it next year.

"It's been a good season," Spencer added.

At Northview

Northview Tennis Sectional


1. Kleiber (NV) def. Buchanan (GHS) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Mershon (NV) def. Milelr (GHS) 6-0, 6-3; 3. Kass (GHS) def. Miller (NV) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5


1. Thomas/Cole (NV) def. Hayes/Spencer (GHS) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Britton/Baysinger (NV) def. Gerard/Faust (GHS) 6-1, 6-1