It was 1969 the
last time the Chesterton boys tennis team won a Sectional Championship.
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.
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
points came in both doubles positions and both needed three sets.
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
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.
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
Chesterton is now
13-4 overall on the season and will play South Bend St. Joseph Tuesday at
the IHSAA Portage Regional.
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,
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.