It has been a great start to the season for the Zionsville boys tennis team.
The team started off the year 1-1, beating Franklin Central 5-0 and falling in a really tight 3-2 match against 16th-ranked Westfield.
On Aug. 23-24, the 27th-ranked Eagles had one of their best showings in years at the Jeffersonsville Invite, placing second overall. The Eagles were just one point behind sixth-ranked Columbus North and topped three other ranked teams.
The No. 1 doubles team of Robert Campbell and Ryan Carr won their flight, while the No. 2 doubles team of Ethan Perry and Nick Winters placed second.
“We were super close and I was proud of the way we competed and found winning ways,” Zionsville head coach Earl Allen said in an email. “Robert and Ryan played at such a high level that 4-5 other coaches commented to me how aggressive our players were at the net and how complete their games are. They played really well.”
The Eagles came back north and won a couple of tight matches this past week.
Zionsville topped 20th-ranked HSE 4-1.
At No. 1 singles, Cole Chappell defeated Andrew Orme 6-2, 6-1 and at No. 2 singles, Nick Bailey topped Paul Schneider 7-5, 6-1.
HSE won its point at No. 3 singles, both both Eagles’ doubles teams won tight matches to secure the win.
Campbell and Carr topped Andrew Spirrison and Daniel Verde 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 and Perry and Winters topped Jackson Bill and Logan Hubbard 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 to secure the win.
Later in the week, the Eagles defeated Noblesville 5-0.
At No. 1 singles, Chappell defeated Noah Bushong 6-3, 6-0.
At No. 2 singles, Bailey topped Michael Krukover 6-2, 6-4 and Austin Kuklak made it a clean sweep of the singles matches with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Jonathan Maskew.
At No. 1 doubles, Campbell and Carr were 6-4, 6-3 winners over Zach Greer and Evan Voigt.
Perry and Winters had no problems at No. 2 doubles, winning 6-0, 6-2 against Josh Middleton and Sean Vitales.
The Eagles will take their 3-1 dual match record into a tough match on Wednesday, when they host 23rd-ranked Harrison at the Zionsville tennis courts.