The Zionsville tennis team continued their strong play this season, winning the Crown Point Invite on Saturday.

The Eagles, ranked 22nd in the Coaches Poll, bested the host Bulldogs for the title.

The Eagles advanced to the finals at all five spots, winning four of the flights. At No. 1 singles, Cole Chappell was the winner, with Austin Kuklak winning at No. 3 singles.

The doubles teams continued to impress, with Ryan Carr and Robert Campbell winning at No. 1 doubles and Ethan Perry and Nick Winters winning at No. 2.

Nick Bailey placed second at No. 2 singles.

The Eagles have a match at Avon on Tuesday, followed by a home match Thursday against Fishers and the Eagle Invite on Saturday.

Eagles best Raiders in thriller

ZIONSVILLE – Zionsville head tennis coach Earl Allen knew Wednesday’s match-up with No. 28 Harrison was going to be a tough one for his 22nd-ranked Eagles.

That’s why when his team edged the visiting Raiders 3-2, he was overjoyed with the win and the moxie his team showed to come out on top.

“I am very proud of these guys,” Allen said. “When we were preparing for this match we talked about how tough it was going to be and I had a feeling it was going to be a 3-2 match either way. It came down to 1 singles, and our guy Cole Chappell fought hard and got a big win for us.”

It was the second time this season that a big match came down to the third set at No. 1 singles for the Eagles.

Earlier in the year against fifth-ranked Westfield, Chappell lost the third set and the Eagles lost 3-2.

On Wednesday, he was a 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 winner over Isaac Flanery, securing the win for his team.

“We kept saying just to stay calm, follow the game plan and maintain your emotional level,” Allen said. “That should up in the match for Cole for sure, without a doubt.”

Cole Chappell 2

Cole Chappell hits a backhand in the match at No. 1 singles on Wednesday night.

Chappell had to dig really deep in the match.

Leading 1-0, Flanery won the next three games to go up 3-1.

In the final service game before the changeover, Chappell had several chances to break Flanery’s serve to get back to 2-2, and the game itself took near 15 minutes in real time.

While he didn’t get that game, Chappell broke Flanery in each of his final three service games to secure the win.

“I keep on trying to instill confidence in these guys and kept on telling Cole that he could do it,” Allen said. “He had to trust and believe in his strokes. He had all the off-season court time, and if he believes in his game, that will show up, and it did.”

Zionsville also got two dominate wins from their doubles positions.

At No. 1 doubles, Robert Campbell and Ryan Carr won 6-1, 6-3 over Matthew Robinson and Danny D’Acosta. At No. 2 doubles, Ethan Perry and Nick Winters topped Ronan Clary and Jack Graham 6-2, 6-1.

“There spots are so important for us,” Allen said. “It is hard to put into words how pleased and proud of them I am. The effort that they are putting out, they are playing like state champions.”

At No. 2 singles, Nick Bailey lost to Aaron Gu 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).

At No. 3 singles, Landon Mohr topped Austin Kuklak 6-0, 6-1.

The Eagles are heading up to Crown Point this weekend to play in the Crown Point Invite.

It will be another solid test for the Eagles, who through the first five matches plus the Jeffersonville Tournament, have seen seven ranked teams so far.

The Eagles are 4-1 and got second in the tournament, losing by just a point to fifth-ranked Columbus North.

“The whole reason we put this schedule together is so that we can show the guys that we can beat the best teams in the state,” Allen said. “If we can beat these teams in the regular season, there is no reason come the post-season that it should change. I think it is giving the guys confidence that they can do this.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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