NHC battle of brotherly rivals
COLUMBIA CITY–– It was a battle between brothers Thursday night at DeVol Field’s tennis courts, with Columbia City tennis coach Doug Stoffel feuding with older brother and coach for the Carroll Chargers, Kyle Stoffel.
After a long hard-fought battle first with the weather, then with the Chargers, Columbia City knocked off the No. 22 state-ranked Chargers, 3-2.
“This has been a nice change after coaching for the first nine years and never beating his teams until recent history,” Doug Stoffel said. “Matches are much more tense these days than long ago, but we both enjoy the stiff competition.”
Thursday night’s win is the third win against Carroll in the last four years for the Eagles.
“It takes a lot of little things to come together to beat quality teams,” Stoffel noted. “We have been able to do many of the little things and that’s why we have been successful.”
Wins came from No. 1 singles, Dylan Hinen and City’s two undefeated positions.
Dylan Hinen was able to go two sets for a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Carroll top singles player Billy Finger.
The doubles streak stayed alive for Columbia City’s No. 1 duo. Senior Alan Murphy and J.T. Biggs beat Noah Norris and Nate Weaver of Carroll 7-6, 6-2. The win makes the tandem 14-0 overall and 5-0 in the NHC.
In a hard fought three-set battle at No. 3 singles, Derek Hinen came out on top not only bringing Columbia City the win on the night but also a 5-0 start of his own in the conference.
“It’s been a really special week, watching these guys Tuesday and Thursday perform to their potential, even the guys that lost played well, supported their teammates, and gave 100 percent,” Doug Stoffel said.