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SYRACUSE — For Columbia City boys’ tennis Labor Day weekend has been good to them.
Coming off a title at the Wawasee Invitational last season, the Eagles were back in Syracuse to defend that crown Saturday.
After edging out an undefeated Fairfield squad 3-2 in the finals, Columbia City took home its third championship trophy in four seasons.
“I was really happy with how our team responded after such a close loss last Thursday to Norwell,” said CC head coach Doug Stoffel. “The guys stayed focused, despite a constant 20 mph wind, and seemed to step up at the right times.”
The Eagles had the help of two positions who have yet to see a loss this season.
No. 3 singles Dylan Hinen, in his first year as a singles player, continued his unblemished mark going 3-0 on the day.
Hinen helped City shutout first round opponent Jimtown 5-0 with all five match victories coming on two set wins.
The other undefeated position for CC is a duo of seniors in Alan Murphy and J.T. Biggs at No. 1 doubles.
The Eagle seniors cruised to the finals getting City past semifinal foe Wawasee 4-1 with the help of their 6-2, 6-1 win.
Columbia City found its toughest opponent in the finals with Fairfield sporting an overall undefeated team record of its own.
Two more seniors went 3-0 on the day for Columbia City. Travis Johnson and Cole Craven served as one of two crucial wins for the Eagles in a sweep of doubles play.
Craven and Johnson had the most convincing win of any Eagles match beating Logan Munn and Nate Kropf 6-1, 6-2.
The other half of the CC doubles sweep came from Murphy and Biggs on a super tiebreaker 6-7, 6-3 (10-7) win.
Fairfield picked up wins in the top two singles spots over No. 1 Dylan Hinen of Columbia City and No. 2 Gabe Boles.
Boles fell after winning the second set 7-5 and forcing a tiebreaker where he lost 8-10.
Derek Hinen gave Columbia City its only point for singles. Hinen got the lone point over Jordan Hochstetler of Fairfield 6-1, 7-5.
Both the No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles positions are 10-0 for the season.