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Vikings sweep Manchester

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North boys tennis team returned to the court on Wednesday for a road non-conference tilt at Manchester and came away with a convincing 5–0 shutout win.

The victory improved the Vikings’ season record to 2–3.

Head coach Peter Kitchen went with an all sophomore singles lineup against the Squires with Carson Kitchen holding his first singles spot, Jacob Daugherty playing at second singles and Reid Eckert competing at third singles.

Carson Kitchen scored a 6–1, 6–3 victory in first singles action over Manchester’s Brady Wiley to continue his strong play this season.

Daugherty outlasted the Squires’ Quinn Martin 7–6 (7–1) in set one of the pair’s second singles matchup before cruising to a 6–1 decision in set two to claim his first ever varsity singles match victory.

“Jacob Daugherty stepped in at No. 2 singles and earned his first varsity win,” Peter Kitchen said. “He improved his consistency as the match progressed and gained confidence.”

Eckert defeated Manchester’s Sam Hupp 6–1 in the first set of their third singles match before shutting out Hupp 6–0 in set two.

In first doubles action, Huntington North juniors THomas Schweller and Noah Zahn picked up a 6–2, 6–3 win over Ethan Espeset and Isaac Reichenbach, while senior Isaac Eckert and sophomore Matthew Weill dominated Manchester’s Justin Hall and Korbin Hensley for a pair of 6–0 set margins to complete the 5–0 match sweep for Huntington North.

“Also, (we) moved senior Isaac Eckert and sophomore Matthew Weill together and for the first time,” Peter Kitchen said. “They played very nice together and we will run this line up in our first conference match Thursday against DeKalb. Quick turn around and we are ready to start the conference season. We need to start the conference season with a positive home performance.”

As Kitchen alluded to, the Vikings hosted DeKalb in a Northeast 8 Conference match on Thursday, but results were not available as of The Herald-Press’s deadline.

Huntington North will compete at the West Noble Invite on Saturday, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.