Despite being down a pair of varsity players, the New Palestine boys tennis team held off Mt. Vernon 3-2 Tuesday.
It was the Dragons’ 14th straight victory. They finish HHC play with a 4-2 record, in a second-place tie, and are now 16-2 on the season with two matches remaining.
Brent Barrett won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Jake Purcell moved up to No. 2 singles and won 6-4, 6-1. At No. 1 doubles, Shayan Khokhar/Pete Rusche won 6-1, 7-6(5) to clinch the match, rallying in the second set to win.
For MV, Brendon Ware won 7-5, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and Alex McMillan and Derek Barnett prevailed 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
“Not a bad performance considering we were missing two of our seven guys, but at the same time, we were a little streaky,” NP coach Chris Hardin said. “Good to get a conference win, but hopefully when our full lineup returns, we’ll pick up where we left off.”
The Dragon JV won 9-2.
Batesville 3, Greenfield-Central 2
Dakota Smith (No. 1 singles) and Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth (No. 1 doubles) acquired wins for the Cougars.
Tri 4, Eastern Hancock 1
Kirby Petry and Garek Ferguson triumphed at No. 1 doubles for the Royals Tuesday.