NEW ALBANY —
The Providence boys’ tennis team got a huge monkey off its back on Tuesday at Community Park.
The Pioneers won all three singles matches to knock off archrival Silver Creek, 3-2. It was the first time in Providence coach Scott Gurgol’s six-year tenure that the Pioneers have beaten the Dragons. In fact, according to Gurgol, it was the first time in years that Providence has beaten Silver Creek.
“It’s a very big win. I talked to several Providence tennis alumni and they didn’t know the last time we had beaten Silver Creek,” Gurgol said. “From the looks on [the Pioneers’] faces, they gained a lot of confidence today. But I told them afterwards to enjoy it tonight, but get ready to get back to work tomorrow.”
Providence’s singles wins were by Will Andres at the No. 1 spot, Nolan Carrico at No. 2 and Jacob Quinkert at No. 3. Carrico needed three sets to beat the Dragons’ Brennan Thompson, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
At No. 1 doubles, Silver Creek’s Garrett French and Nick Sprinkle downed Luis Garcia and Weston Spalding, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Silver Creek’s two doubles squad of Anthony Less and Gabe Bauer beat Patrick McPhillips and Brad Haas, 7-5, 6-4.
“You can point a finger at almost anything,” Dragons’ coach Robert Briscoe said about the difference in the match. “If we played Providence 10 times, we’d probably go 5-5. It was that close of a match.”
NEXT: Providence at New Albany Invitational, Friday and Saturday; Silver Creek at Salem, Thursday.
• Mustangs take season opener: Victories by No. 1 singles player Jake Zimmerman and the No. 1 doubles team of Wesley Napier and Travis McKim helped New Washington win its season opener against visiting Christian Academy, 3-2. The Warriors’ Aaron Hayes and Conner Chalfant got wins at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively.
NEXT: New Washington (1-0) at Southwestern, today; Christian Academy (0-1) hosts Silver Creek, next Tuesday.
• Braves sweep Salem: Host Borden won four matches in straight sets to beat Salem, 5-0. Braves’ singles winners were Josh Vollstedt, Hayden Casey and Kamden Hurst, while the victorious doubles teams were Dylan Scott and Cody Craddock and T.J. Wagoner and Evan Adams.
NEXT: Borden hosts Lanesville, Thursday.
• Hornets prevail at home: Landon Guthrie and Elijah Weeks won at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, in Henryville’s 4-1 home victory over Clarksville. The Generals’ lone point came from Austin Johnson, who defeated Braiden Vaughn in three sets at No. 1 singles.
NEXT: Clarksville at Eastern, today.
• Henryville loses at Corydon: On Monday, Henryville suffered a 4-1 loss versus Corydon. Weeks won at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-3.
• Red Devils edge Jennings: Devan Carrier broke a 2-2 tie with 12 seconds left in regulation by connecting on a penalty kick to give host Jeffersonville a 3-2 win over Jennings County.
The Red Devils’ Camber Sollberger and Ashlyn Crane each scored a first-half goal. Carrier made the assist on Sollberger’s score.
“Being a [Hoosier Hills] conference win, it helped,” Jeff coach Scott Epley said. “We’re fortunate to come out with a win.”
NEXT: Jeff (3-2, 1-0 HHC) at Seymour, next Tuesday.
• Mattingly’s hat trick lifts Providence: Leah Mattingly recorded a hat trick in Providence’s 4-0 victory on Tuesday at Forest Park. Also for the Pioneers, Jordan Reger had a goal and an assist and Sarah Posante dished out an assist.
NEXT: Providence (3-2) hosts Christian Academy of Louisville, Thursday, Aug. 30.
• Scarbrough leads Dragons: Olivia Scarbrough made two goals and had an assist to lead host Silver Creek past Southwestern, 4-0. Shelby Shultz and Kira Jamros had the other two Dragon goals.
NEXT: Silver Creek (1-1) hosts Scottsburg, next Tuesday.
• Trinity shuts out Jeff: Jeffersonville suffered a 3-0 loss at Louisville Trinity, which is ranked in the top five in Kentucky.
Despite the loss, Red Devils’ coach Carson Webb thinks Tuesday’s contest will help his squad prepare for the state tournament.
“We want to play the best competition to get ready for the postseason. We want our competition to challenge us,” Webb said. “The boys played hard, especially in the second half.”
NEXT: Jeff (2-1-1) hosts Seymour, Tuesday.
• Mustangs improve to 2-0: Caroline Ricks recorded 21 kills, six blocks and two service aces to lead visiting New Washington past Charlestown, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15.
Teammate Courtney Amick distributed 20 assists, while the Mustangs’ Kriston Sarver made 10 digs.
NEXT: New Washington (2-0) hosts Austin, Thursday; Charlestown hosts Madison, Thursday.
• Dragons capture MSC opener: Kendra Kirchgessner had nine kills and two blocks to lead host Silver Creek past Scottsburg, 25-6, 25-12, 25-13. Teammate Haley Garr made nine service aces and the Dragons’ Kaitlyn Ramser served seven aces in the Dragons’ Mid-Southern Conference opener.
NEXT: Silver Creek (2-1, 1-0 MSC) at Columbus East Invitational, Saturday.
• Generals fall to Eastern: Clarksville dropped its third MSC match in a 25-10, 25-16, 25-22 loss to visiting Eastern.
NEXT: Clarksville (1-4, 0-3 MSC) at Borden, Thursday.
• Creek edges Salem: Silver Creek out-shot Salem by one stroke, 191-192 at Hidden Creek on Monday. Charlotte Seaton paced the Dragons with a 39, which was one stroke behind medalist Britney Walker of Salem.
NEXT: Silver Creek vs. Clarksville, today (Wooded View).