The Ben Davis tennis team defeated Ritter 5-0 Saturday morning to claim the sectional title.
The sweep was their second of the sectional. They bested Crispus Attucks, 5-0, in the first round.
The Giants’ championship game against Ritter was the second time both teams faced off this year. The Giants won the previous matchup 5-0 as well.
“Our kids started off playing maybe not to lose rather than playing to win and I think Ritter came in fired up,” Ben Davis coach Kevin Vanderbush said. “Once they got that first set under their belts they relaxed and played like they were capable of and they played a lot better in the second sets.”
The Giants won in straight sets at each position. Ben Davis’ three singles players — Jacob Volbers, Ian Deiters, and Klye Witt — each won their first sets 6-4 before putting their opponents away in the second set handily.
“All three of our singles players came out a little tight,” Vanderbush said. “We had a really tough match with Covenant and felt like that was going to be a big hurdle to get over.”
Their most challenging match in the sectional came against Covenant Christian, which the Giants took 3-2. Both doubles teams won and Deiters won the determining match at No. 2 singles (6-0, 7-6 (8-6)).
Covenant Christian’s Matt Engum battled. After losing the first set straight 6-0, Engum pushed Deiters in the second set.
Deiters had three match points before Engum tied him at six to force a tiebreaker. In the end, Engum could not find a sustainable lead and Deiters won the match after winning the tiebreaker, 8-6.
“Our guy just dug a little bit too big of a hole,” Covenant Christian coach Mike Zumbrun said. “It just felt like the whole match he was struggling just from a little bit behind, and kind of caught him but never got ahead.”