VEEDERSBURG, Ind. – Kody Keeling knew his tennis match against Borden Kennedy for the Wabash River Conference singles title would be tough.
Sure, Keeling was on an 18-game winning streak for Fountain Central at No. 1 singles while Kennedy had played No. 2 singles for Seeger this season, but Keeling remembered last year.
“I was a three and I got All-Conference by beating two No. 1s, so I knew it would be tough,” he said. “When you get here you just have to play each match as it comes.”
Keeling came out on top by a score of 6-2 and 6-1 but the points were hard to come by.
“Borden played well,” said the champion. “It was great to play him – he’s a good guy and tough. We had a lot of long points and I had to be really patient to try to win them.”
Many of the points had volleys that were 25 or 30 long. The duo would take turns attacking or playing a defensive lob until the other finally made a mistake.
Kennedy said he enjoyed the match, saying he thought both players gave it their all. When he started the tournament, he said his goal was to make All-Conference.
“Once I got that, I said I’d just see what happens,” he explained. “We both played well, but Kody played just a little better than I did.”
Kennedy had reached the finals by defeating teammate Addison Martin 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the semifinals while Keeling made it to the championship with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Lucas Rowe of Rockville.
In the doubles final, it was two Fountain Central teams playing for the title.
Doug Keeling and Ladd Warner were the top seeds coming into the tournament but they faced unseeded Dalton Griffin and Dallas Otero in the championship match.
Keeling and Warner had defeated Amit Shah and Brendan Woolwine of Covington 6-2, 6-0 to reach the final while Griffin and Otero had taken down Nick McGowen and Josh Orahood of Seeger 7-6 (2) and 6-3.