2017-2018 Varsity Boys Tennis Schedule

Varsity Boys Tennis
Coaches:  Shawn Flanary (Head Coach); Greg Ostapa (Asst. Coach)
       
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Jacob Ashburn
Nate Hemmerich
Kyle Hughes
Bret Lytle
Andrew Pervez
Jacob Chapel
Lucas Hubbard
Payton McClain
Daniel Socias Florit
Alex Bolinger
Connor Duncan
Nathanael Elkin
Harrison Reed
Jon Callane
Taylor Duncan
Jackson Richards
Drew Swain
       


Date Opponent Time Score
Aug. 14 Plymouth (T) 5:00 pm (W) 3-2
Aug. 16 Alexandria (T) 5:00 pm (W) 3-2
Winning at #1 singles on the night was Nate Hemmerich. Nate was the first victor off the court and won convincingly again by the score of 6-1, 6-1. Next to win for the Kats was Jon Callane. Jon continues to play impressive tennis and won by the score of 6-1, 6-2.

The third point to win the match would not come easy. Daniel Socias found himself in a hole at 5-2 in the first set, but rebounded nicely to take the set by the score of 7-5. Daniel then settled down and continued to pressure his opponent in the second set winning by the score of 6-3.

The doubles teams found themselves to be less experienced than their opponents. Alexandria returned one of the best doubles teams in the state! Despite this, I am proud of how Payton McClain and Jackson Richards competed. Alex Bolinger and Luke Hubbard also battled in a 6-2, 6-4 loss. I was pleased to see how both teams persevered!
- Coach Flanary
Aug. 17 Mississinewa (H) 5:00 pm (L) 3-2
Aug. 21 McCutcheon (T) 4:30 pm (L) 3-2
The Kokomo boys tennis team found themselves in another dog fight last night that ended in a 3-2 decision. Unfortunately, we would come up a little short in our effort. We traveled to face a much improved McCutcheon team that boasted one of the most talented freshmen in the state at #1. This made their team much deeper all of the way through in comparison to year’s past.

First off was Daniel Socias at #2 singles. Daniel played outstanding tennis and won by the score of 6-0, 6-0. McCutcheon would strike next at #2 doubles winning by the score of 6-2, 6-4. Luke Hubbard and Nathaniel Elkin battled to make the second set much closer than the first and I was proud of them for their attitudes and effort.

Kokomo would strike next at #3 singles. Jon Callane played outstanding tennis, closing his opponent out by the score of 6-3, 6-2. This was a great match for Jon against a quality opponent!

McCutcheon would fire back taking #1 doubles by the score of 6-2, 7-6. Payton McClain and Jackson Richards battled to make the second set much closer than the first. They almost forced a third set, but came up a little shy in the end.

The match came down to #1 singles featuring one of the best freshman “tennis” players in the state versus a super competitive athlete playing tennis for a third sport. I was so proud of how Nate Hemmerich battled using hustle, athleticism, and fire to make it a match, but in the end he just couldn’t crack his opponent to force a third. Nate played very well, but his opponent was on fire! Great effort Nate, and we are proud of your effort and leadership with the team!
​Coach Flanary
Aug. 24 Harrison (H) 5:00 pm (W) 3-2
Aug. 28 Frankfort (H) 5:00 pm (W) 5-0
Aug. 29 Northwestern (H) 5:00 pm (W) 5-0
Kokomo only dropped one game in three singles matches. Singles winners included Nate Hemmerich and Jon Callane with double bagel victories. Daniel Socias came away with a bagel and a French fry.

The doubles would also be straight set victors only losing a few games in the process. Payton McClain and Jackson Richards won by the score of 6-2, 6-1 and Alex Bolinger and Nathaniel Elkin won by the score of 6-3, 6-2.
​Coach Flanary
Aug. 30 North Central (T) 5:00 pm (L) 5-0
Sept. 5 Maconaquah (T) 4:30 pm (W) 4-1
Sept. 7 Logansport (H) 5:00 pm (W) 3-2
Sept. 9 KHS Invite (H) 9:00 am Kokomo was 1-2 in their invitational.
West Lafayette 4 - Kokomo 1
Delta 5 - Kokomo 0
Kokomo 3 - Lebanon 2
Sept. 12 Lafayette Jeff (T) 5:30 pm (W) 4-1
Last night the boy’s tennis team played an outstanding match on the road to defeat Lafayette Jeff by the score of 4-1. Lafayette Jeff is a dangerous team boasting a win over sectional rival Western, so we knew we had to be at our best. This victory helped the Kats to secure the #1 seed in the West Division going into Saturday’s NCC tourney.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 13 Lapel (H) 5:00 pm Rained out - no make up
Sept. 16 NCC Tournament 10:00 am In round one the boys would come up against a very solid Richmond team that only had one loss on the season. The boys battled, but dropped the decision 5-0. Jon Callane’s match would prove to be the closest one, losing in three sets at #2 singles.

In the match for third and fourth place, Kokomo would find themselves up against a Harrison team they had defeated earlier in the season by the score of 3-2. This time it would be a tougher tale without #2 Daniel Socias.

The Kats would end up dropping this match by the score of 4-1.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 18 Madison-Grant (H) 4:30 pm (W) 4-1
Sept. 20 Westfield (H) 5:00 pm (L) 5-0
Sept. 23 Wildkat Open (H) 9:00 am The boys tennis team had a good day of tennis at the Wildkat Invitational on Saturday. We went 1-1 on the day, losing in the finals to Marion, who is the 2017 NCC champ and ranked in the top 30 in the state. Even though the team came up a little shy in the finals, every spot had bright moments on the day.

In round one the boys would defeat North Montgomery by the score of 3-2. Daniel Socias played a good match dropping the #1 singles match by the score of 7-5, 7-5. With a recent line up switch for sectional, Nate Hemmerich and Payton McClain were eager to get some competition against some strong teams. North Montgomery put their top two players who are brothers together and it made for an exciting match. Nate and Payton played very well losing a very tight match with each set only decided by a break of serve.

First off the court in round one was Jon Callane. He played dominant tennis winning by the score of 6-0,6-0. The #2 doubles of Kyle Hughes and Luke Hubbard won their match by the score of 6-3, 6-4. The final and deciding win came at #3 singles. Alex Bolinger played an outstanding match and won by the score of 7-6(0), 4-6, 6-3 in a match that was over three hours long.

In the finals, the Kats were excited to get a shot at Marion since they were not able to play them in the finals of the NCC last Saturday. This match would be close and it featured some high level play. Kokomo would end up losing by the score of 4-1, but we were excited with what we saw. The Kats battled at every position and showed promise going into sectionals.

Winning on the day was Callane at #2 singles. Jon played an outstanding match and only dropped a game in the process. Socias and Bolinger also played great tennis, but were just a little outmatched at their singles spots.

The doubles teams showed a lot of promise moving into sectional play. They battled some of the best doubles teams in the state. Both teams would come up shy in close matches. Jackson Richards and Hubbard battled, but came up short in a match that was determined by one break of serve in each set. This would also be the case for the #1 doubles team of Hemmerich and McClain in the 6-4, 7-5 loss. They were so close to forcing a third set. Even though we came up just shy in our doubles matches, I was excited about what I saw from our guys as we progress into sectional play.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 27-29
IHSAA Sectional @ Kokomo
4:00 pm
Kokomo 4 - Taylor 1
Eastern 5 - Northwestern 0

Kokomo 5 - Tipton 0
In singles, winners were Daniel Socias, Jon Callane and Alex Bolinger. Bolinger pitched his first varsity shutout!!!

In doubles Nate Hemmerich and Payton McClain and the #2 doubles team of Luke Hubbard and Jackson Richards dominated from start to finish.

Our lone starting senior Nate Hemmerich reached a significant milestone last night in earning his 60thcareer win. This is a huge accomplishment and it puts him on the all-time list at seventh place. Congratulations Nate!

Western 3 - Eastern 2
Western 3 - Kokomo 2
Season Review
The Kokomo boys tennis team would find themselves in unfamiliar territory in 2017 as they graduated six of the seven starters from a team that set the school record number of wins, won three straight sectional titles, and took
two consecutive North Central Conference titles. Despite graduating this experience, I could not be prouder of how these boys worked, conducted themselves, and improved throughout the course of the season.

The varsity this year would include Nate Hemmerich (our lone starting senior), Daniel Socias, Jon Callane, Payton McClain, Jackson Richards, Alex Bolinger, Luke Hubbard, Nathaniel Elkin, and Kyle Hughes. Our junior varsity members included Jack Ashburn, Bret Lytle, Andrew Pervez, Peyton Sexton, Cooper Reed, Connor Duncan, Jacob Chapel, Taylor Duncan, Rajon Sellers, and Drew Swain.

Highlights of the season would include avenging two road losses to talented teams that we lost to during the 2015 season. The boys played outstanding tennis in winning 3-2 at Plymouth and Alexandria. These two 3-2 victories
in week one would set a good tone for the rest of the season.

Another big moment for this team was securing the #1 seed in the West Division of the NCC. To do this we had to beat a very talented team in Harrison. Harrison returned their entire team, and many picked them to be the power from the West. The boys played outstanding tennis in sweeping the singles with straight sets to knock off Harrison.

We also had notable performances in beating quality teams such as Lafayette Jeff, Lebanon, Frankfort (5-0, who had district rankings), and Taylor in the sectional opener, a team that boasted three strong seniors in their singles lineup.
Kokomo would beat Tipton by the score of 5-0 in Round Two of the sectional. In the final, the boys tennis team finished their season with a dog fight. They found themselves up against a very experienced and senior heavy team in Western. Western boasted five seniors and one of the top players in the state, a boy that was still undefeated on the season. Kokomo only had one returning player from last year’s sectional lineup, albeit that senior is one of the biggest competitors in KHS tennis history!

Kokomo needed help from their doubles, so the strategy in moving Hemmerich to #1 doubles paid dividends. Nate teamed with McClain to take on two seniors who have been one of Western’s strongest points on the season. This did not phase Nate and Payton as they came out and knocked the wind out of their boisterous, confident ,and loud opponents by the score of 6-2, 6-3. This would lay the foundation for a very competitive and exciting match that went three hours long. Western would strike with straight set wins at #1 singles and #2 doubles. I was proud of how Socias and the #2 doubles team of Richards/ Hubbard competed, but they were just up against players that had much more experience!

At #2 singles, Callane came out a little tight and struggled with the heavy winds against an opponent that played the match of his life. Jon did not panic though and adjusted his strategy to come back from a first set loss to take the final two sets by the score of 6-2, 6-1. This was an outstanding and emotional match for Jon.

The attention was now on a three-hour, three-set battle that was taking place at #3 singles. Bolinger found himself in a dog fight against his senior counterpart from Western. Alex played outstanding tennis, and I am very proud with how he battled and competed. Western’s #3 got hot in the third set and pulled some huge shots out of his bag of tricks in the final points of play. Either fate, experience, or luck was on their #3’s side. We are proud of how Alex battled in this fabulous match!

I could not be prouder of how our boys competed. They competed with class, integrity, and huge hearts in this sectional final and all season long! We have much youth on this squad with bright things to come. The toughest part about this loss is missing our seniors - Hemmerich and Hughes. These are two classy guys and both have had outstanding years. Nate will go down as having 61 wins in his career (7th all time). What we will miss most about Nate is his competitiveness and leadership. I have enjoyed going into battle with this guy as much as any Kats tennis player that I have coached since 2002!

The Kats finished the season 13-10 with a 4th place in the NCC. The JV team was 12-10 and finished their season by winning the Wildkat Invitational! Considering the adversity and the experience missed from last year, I think this team achieved to their fullest, and I am proud of their accolades.

Thanks for all of the support from the players, managers, parents, assistants, and administrators
this season!
- Coach Flanary



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