LIGONIER — Anytime you have a conference match it’s important.
For Columbia City boys’ tennis, it makes this week a big one with a dual match against Norwell Thursday followed by a Wawasee Invitational where the Eagles are looking to defend their title.
“This will be an important week for us as we gear up towards Norwell Thursday and then hopefully defend the Wawasee Invitational trophy from last year,” said Columbia City coach Doug Stoffel. “We just need to get very focused and play up to our potential Thursday. Should be a fun night.”
The Eagles (5-1) got the week off to a good start outside the NHC conference beating West Noble on the road 5-0 and extending its winning streak to five matches.
Hinens led the top two spots in singles. Senior No. 1 Dylan Hinen and sophomore No. 2 Derek Hinen both won by 6-0, 6-1 scores.
Senior Cole Craven and his teammate in No. 2 doubles of Gabe Boles matched that score in their 6-0, 6-1 win over Chargers Austin King and Tyler Rothhaar.
Senior Travis Johnson flipped those scores for his 6-1, 6-0 win over West Noble’s Jordan Younce at No. 3 singles.
Senior Alan Murphy and former Charger J.T. Biggs had the closest match but still won the No. 1 doubles match in two sets 6-0, 7-5.
“West Noble is young and rebuilding, but tonight was a good night to tweek the lineup a bit and work on a few new formations,” Stoffel said.