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CHS tennis celebrates senior night with shutout

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

On Monday night, No. 1 singles player Justus Parvis was the final varsity player still hitting backhands and sending serves over the net for the Connersville Spartans. His three-set win over Rylan Hundley put the finishing touches on a 3-2 win over New Castle.

Wednesday, the CHS senior was once more the last guy on the court, this time in a third set against Rushville’s Jacob Carroll.

There was a difference this time, however.

Connersville had already won the match.

Winning at all four other positions, Parvis provided the exclamation point, beating Carroll 6-2, 5-7, 7-6, as the Spartans came away with a 5-0 win over their Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rivals.

The win was important, as there was an added circumstance behind the dual.

“Rushville is a sectional opponent, so we are very excited to get this win tonight,” Connersville head coach Chris Bloom said afterward.

The fact that Parvis was the final player to finish up, that all eyes were on him for a few moments, was fitting.

The match was senior night for Connersville, and the Spartans have only one upperclassman on the team — Parvis.

“Justus was here before I came, but in the three years that I’ve been here, he’s been very steady for us,” Bloom said of the senior. “We know what he’s going to give us. He loves tennis, and as a result, he goes out there and competes.

“He doesn’t always have the game that he wants to, but he’s had a great four years of tennis here.”

On Wednesday, Bloom said his No. 1 player came through when it counted.

“Justus outlasted his opponent, which wasn’t the kind of match that he wanted, but when it came down to it, he won the points when he needed to,” he said

In the other two singles bouts, Jonah Graham defeated Marlin Hershberger 6-0, 6-3, and Gavin Parsley knocked off Sam Smith 6-0, 6-1.

“We did a good job at No. 2 and 3, basically imposing our will in those matches,” Bloom said.

Bloom pointed out that the the doubles matches had a roller-coaster feel to them.

But all is well that ends well, as they say.

“I thought that there were times with our doubles teams where we played well at the start but then lost a few games,” he said. “Now, at that point, we could have lost our heads a little bit, and things could have gone bad. But the kids did a good job of regaining their composure and getting back in those matches.

“It was good to see them fight back and compete. They’re coming along, getting better and gaining confidence, and that’s going to be an added bonus for us.”

Jacob Brown and Sebastian Burch eased to a 6-0 victory in their first set over Tyce Carroll and Cameron Jackman, before battling to a 6-4 victory in the second.

The No. 2 match was even tighter, as Dylan Bennington and Seth Spurlock defeated Braiden Hunter and Lucas Hummel 6-2, 7-6.

“This match was a lot tighter in some areas than the 5-0 score indicates, but we’re not going to complain about a 5-0 victory,” Bloom said. “I am very proud of the effort that the boys gave tonight.”

In junior varsity play, Rudy Branstetter picked up a singles win for the Spartans, beating Jacob Amos 6-2.

The Spartans travel to Lawrenceburg on Saturday. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

Connersville 5, Rushville 0

(at Connersville High School)

Singles

No. 1 — Justus Parvis (C) defeated Jacob Carroll (R) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6

No. 2 — Jonah Graham (C) defeated Marlin Hershberger (R) 6-0, 6-3

No. 3 — Gavin Parsley (C) defeated Sam Smith (R) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

No. 1 — Jacob Brown and Sebastian Burch (C) defeated Tyce Carroll and Cameron Jackman (R) 6-0, 6-4

No. 2 — Dylan Bennington and Seth Spurlock (C) defeated Braiden Hunter and Lucas Hummel (R) 6-2, 7-6

JUNIOR VARSITY

Singles

No. 1 — Logen Shipley (C) lost to Alex Wainwright (R) 8-6

No. 2 — Rudy Branstetter (C) defeated Jacob Amos (R) 6-2

No. 3 — Gage Brown (C) lost to Jacob Amos (R) 6-3