Doubles lifts City over BC

   COLUMBIA CITY — Usually power and athleticism win out in a sporting event.
   A win usually also follows when your top two singles players win in a tennis match.
   That was not the case for Bethany Christian when it traveled to DeVol Field courts Tuesday to take on Columbia City in boys’ tennis.
   Despite dropping the top two singles matches, the Eagles used a sweep of doubles play along with a undefeated streak by their No. 3 singles player to win a close 3-2 match.
   “Tonight was a good win for our program,” said Columbia City head coach Doug Stoffel. “BC has a nice squad that was district ranked ahead of us, so we knew it would be a tough match. I was really happy with the bottom three positions of our varsity lineup.”
   Since losing their first match of the season, the Eagles have won three consecutive matches and so has sophomore Derek Hinen. The No. 3 singles player for Columbia City remained undefeated winning 6-3, 6-3 over Nate Brendle.
   “Derek never let up,” Stoffel noted.
   Columbia City had to look to doubles for the rest of its victory Tuesday.
   Seniors Alan Murphy and J.T. Biggs sandwiched a 3-6 loss in the second set of their No. 1 doubles match between 6-0, 6-2 wins.
   Cole Craven and Gabe Boles needed only two sets to defeat Blake Shetler and Evan Grimes of Bethany Christian 6-1, 7-5.
   “They carried us through,” Stoffel commented. “It may have possibly been one of the best overall doubles nights I can remember.”
   Bethany Christian’s wins came at the top two singles positions.
   Eagle senior Dylan Hinen fell to Ben Mast 1-6, 1-6. Fellow senior Travis Johnson lost a three-set match to Seth Krabill 3-6, 7-5, 2-6.
   Overcoming the defeat in singles improved Columbia City to 3-1 overall with momentum building for the conference opener next week.
   “This isn't necessarily a flashy, overpowering team, but we are a scrappy bunch and sometimes that's all you need,” Stoffel exclaimed.
   The junior varsity took home a victory as well winning 5-2.
   Columbia City returns Thursday with a home match against Huntington North.