Titans get chopped by Tecumseh in sectional matches

Gibson Southern boy’s tennis started their sectional run on Wednesday, September 30th. They faced off against their county rival, Wood Memorial. The Titans ended up winning all five matches in their first round go, advancing to the next round.

“We managed to hit a lot of tough shots against Wood [Memorial], and took advantage of our athleticism over them,” junior Carson Brindle said.

After a quick first round, the Titans were looking ahead to the sectional championship against the Tecumseh Braves.

We had already played Tecumseh during the regular season and knew that they were a tough team,” head coach Matt Grabbe said. “They made it to Regional Finals and lost a close match to #27 in the state Castle. We worked on specific shots that each of our players were going to see the next day against Tecumseh. We made the boys take notes on their players after the regular season match against Tecumseh and worked on those specifics.”

The quick turnaround fared difficult for the Titans as they had to go against Tecumseh the next day. They started out slow losing all three singles matches in 7 sets.

“We played some good sets and matches against Tecumseh,” junior Oliver Hamilton said. “At the end of the day they jumped out on us early, and we just did not have enough to come out on top.”

The Titans hoped for some light from the doubles matches, but failed to achieve it. Gibson Southern lost in 4 sets in the doubles matches as well, but there were still some notable performances despite the loss.

“I was impressed with Eliott Church splitting sets with Tecumseh,” Grabbe said. “He could have just given up knowing that the team had already lost, but he kept playing his game trying to get better.  I was also happy with both doubles for playing much better in the second set after they started so slowly in the first set.”

Gibson Southern ended their season with an overall record of 9-11.