Columbia Cityâ€™s double vision rolls through NHC
Columbia City No. 2 doubles player J.T. Biggs, right, gives teammate and Alan Murphy, left, a high five after picking up a point in their doubles match at DeKalb Thursday. The duo moved to 12-0 on the season with a two set win. Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
WATERLOO — In the pursuit of perfection it takes two in the case of Columbia City boys’ tennis.
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Going into Thursday’s match at DeKalb, two positions stood at 11-0 for the Eagles. It took a tandem of two players, in their first season playing together, to get a 10th win on the season for Columbia City beating the Barons 5-0.
“We had two matches this week in the NHC that we thought we could probably win if we play our top tennis,” said Columbia City head coach Doug Stoffel. “We want to keep our momentum going and we did well tonight.”
The Eagles took on the Barons Thursday after getting their first conference win over New Haven Tuesday.
Now at 10-2 overall, Columbia City has two positions that have been a sure point at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles.
“They’ve been huge,” Stoffel said of his three undefeated Eagles. “When the guys look down the court and see us up again, it’s a pressure relief. We’ve never really had two positions undefeated to this point in the season.”
Senior Alan Murphy and junior J.T. Biggs kept an unblemished record at 12-0 taking down DeKalb’s Matt HelmKamp and Brandon Fruits 7-5, 6-4.
“At the beginning of the year we didn’t know they were going to be together,” Stoffel noted of Murphy and Biggs. “Alan was a sure thing. I asked Alan ‘who do you want to be your doubles partner?’ and he said J.T. I gave it to him and let him decide and they’ve just gelled together so well.”
The other half of that unbeaten mark comes from one player in only his second season as an Eagle.
Sophomore Derek Hinen moved from doubles to singles this season and hasn’t seen anything but success getting the win Thursday 6-4, 6-3 over Baron Wade Hantz.
“He just refuses to lose,” Stoffel said. “He does nothing spectacular but he has no weaknesses. He’ll just pick and pick at you until he drives you nuts or finds your weakness.”
It was a night of wins for all the Eagles with Dylan Hinen taking No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-2 over Braden Bassett.
Senior Travis Johnson took his match at No. 2 singles for Columbia City beating DeKalb’s Mitch Hart 6-1, 6-4.
The closest match of the night came at No. 2 doubles for the Eagles where Gabe Boles and Cole Craven came away with two close sets 7-5, 7-6 against Landon Miller and Ben Lancaster.
Before jumping back into the NHC next week with East Noble and Carroll, the Eagles head to Madison Grant Saturday to defend another weekend title from 2009.