FORT WAYNE – Davis Huber kept his season alive, but the Canterbury boys tennis team wasn’t as fortunate.
Huber’s 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 win at No. 1 singles was the lone point in No. 4 Canterbury’s 4-1 loss to No. 2 Indianapolis North Central on Saturday in a Homestead Semistate match.
It’s great to get the win, and I am pumped for that but I have been playing with some of these guys since third grade, and it breaks my heart for it to be over, Huber said. It was bittersweet.
Huber will move on in the individual singles part of the tournament, but the Cavaliers (19-2) lost to the Panthers (22-1) for the second time this year and the fourth straight year in the postseason.
Davis gets to continue his (career) a little longer, and we are happy for him, Canterbury coach Jerry Gerig said. We battled against them. Every year we seemed to get closer to them, and that showed today.
Huber (17-2) is 5-0 in the postseason and will play again in two weeks in the individual state finals.
Huber was down 5-4 in the first set before winning in the tiebreaker and trailed 3-2 in the second set and had only slim leads until finishing the match.
Junior Tom Filus suffered his second loss of the season at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-3, to Jonathon Wynne. Filus (24-2) suffered his previous defeat to a player from Park Tudor.
Every loss I have had this year was a battle, Filus said. It’s tough losing, but I am ready for next year and taking over this team.
In the No. 2 singles match, Clay Hoffacker lost to Jonathon Kroot 6-0, 6-0.
In the doubles matches, Chad Schouweiler and Chris Yahanda fell 6-1, 6-2 to Patrick McAuley and William Reifeis at No. 1, and Ankur Lai and Michael Wang lost 6-2, 6-0 to Alexander Bertolini and Colton Fairfield at No. 2.
We tried our best against them, Filus said. They are always a great program. We thought we could come out here and win at all three singles spots.
Canterbury lost to North Central 4-1 earlier this year.
It is disappointing, Huber said. North Central is probably our biggest rival, and they seem to get us every year. It is kind of annoying.
With seniors Huber, Hoffacker and Yahanda leading the way the Cavaliers are 85-6 over the last four years. Four of those defeats have come against North Central.
With these three seniors a big part of the team for four years, I will be sad to see them go, Gerig said. Hopefully, we have some young guys ready to step up and pick up where they left off.
Canterbury’s six losses in the last four years have all been to Indianapolis-area teams as the Cavaliers also lost to Cathedral and Carmel.
I tried to tell them not to base the season on one match, Gerig said. We had a great season and some of the players had great careers.
In a semistate match at Culver Academy, Warsaw lost to No. 19 Penn 5-0. The Tigers finished the season 14-6.