Centerville’s busy week began with a bang.
The Bulldogs swept Richmond 5-0 in boys tennis Monday night on the Tiernan Center courts. That victory lifted them to 11-0 overall as they prepare for a critical Tri-Eastern Conference home match Wednesday and the start of the TEC Tournament on Saturday.
“This is where we want to peak in our season,” said Centerville senior Chandler Howell, who teamed with Brady Wagenknecht to win at No. 1 doubles. “We really feel like we have a lot of motivation coming off that win (over the weekend) at Merrillville.”
Centerville won the eight-team Merrillville Invitational on Saturday.
The Bulldogs took those winning ways into Monday. Eric Josephson, Jacob Thompson and Adam Spencer all earned singles victories, while Mickey Barnes and Alex Hill won at No. 2 doubles to complete the sweep.
“We like to win, but I didn’t like our intensity or our footwork tonight,” said Centerville coach Randy Ecker. “We had a good weekend at Merrillville and our kids played well.
” … We’ve got a lot of work to do. I always like the 5-0 win, but I felt like intensity-wise and footwork-wise, I felt like Richmond moved their feet better than we did.”
The Bulldogs play host Wednesday to Northeastern, the defending TEC champion.
Both teams are currently undefeated in conference play. The Knights are ranked 19th in the IHSTeCa poll, and are coming off a victory over state-ranked Delta last week.
“We just have to play to our full potential,” Josephson said.
“I feel like we’ve jelled together and played great as a team.”
Added Ecker: “We’ve had 12 matches in the last 14 days, or we will have, by the time we finish on Monday. It’s a really big week.”
The Red Devils are now 5-7 and return to action Thursday at home against Muncie Central.
RHS is 3-3 in the North Central Conference and aims to finish strong in conference play.
“(Centerville) is a good team. They’re solid and they don’t make a lot of mistakes,” said RHS coach Randy Hollingsworth. “We knew it was going to be a tough one.”