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CHS Boys Tennis team wins 1st Sectional title in 45 years

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It was 1969 the last time the Chesterton boys tennis team won a Sectional Championship. 

Saturday morning, the Trojans got the monkey off their backs after defeating Valparaiso 3-2 to claim the 2014 IHSAA Portage Sectional Title.

The weather forced the match indoors at Northwest Athletic Club in Michigan City, but neither the cold weather nor the change of venues could keep Chesterton from hoisting the trophy in the end.

Chesterton's Dylan Jayasuriya put the first points on the board with his 6-2, 7-5 win at No.2 singles. Jayasuriya ran away with the first set after getting an early lead, but had to fight back to win the second set after falling behind 4-5.

The Trojans second point came from freshmen Matt Jewison at No.3 singles as he won in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Jewison took the lead late in the first set as they changed sides at 5-4 and after that he never looked back, winning seven of the next eight games.

Valparaiso's two points came in both doubles positions and both needed three sets. 

Chesterton's Chris Fouts and Zac Nabhan won the first set 6-4, but dropped the second set 6-0. In the third set, the duo tied it at 4-4 and ended up falling to the Vikings 6-4. 

At No.2 doubles, Alec Emmons and Cameron Cook also lost their momentum after winning the first set and ended up dropping their match 6-2, 2-6, 1-6.

With the team match tied at 2-2, it came down to the No.1 singles position to decide the match.

Chesterton's Johny Mario won the first set 6-2, lost the second set 1-6 and after being down 1-4, love-40, Mario stormed back to force a third set tiebreaker.

Mario fought cramps in his legs and right forearm throughout the tiebreaker and was granted an injury timeout at 5-4. 

After two minutes of evaluation, fluids and food, Mario went on to win the tiebreaker 8-6 and clinch Chesterton's Sectional Title.

"Myself, Coach Kyle Prow and Coach Randy Johnson are so proud of these boys, Chesterton coach Tom Bour said. I told them before they took the court to forget about making history and all the hype that goes with that, but to do this for themselves. This was our 12th match away from home and we are not the healthiest team right now, but they played their hearts out and deserve all the credit."

Chesterton is now 13-4 overall on the season and will play South Bend St. Joseph Tuesday at the IHSAA Portage Regional.

Chesterton 3, Valparaiso 2


Singles -- 1. Johny Mario (CHS) def. Derek Wappel 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6); 2. Dylan Jayasuriya (CHS) def. Max Abraham 6-2, 7-5; 3. Martt Jewison (CHS) def. Eric Yiankes 6-4, 6-1.

Doubles -- 1. Andrew Lehnen/Alex Yiankes (V) def. Chris Fouts/Zac Nabhan 4-6, 6-0, 6-4; 2. Juan Gil/Caleb Owens (V) def. Cameron Cook/Alec Emmons 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Record: Chesterton 13-4.


Posted 10/6/2014




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