Southwestern’s boys tennis team won its first Southern Indiana Tennis Conference championship since 2015 on Saturday. Members of the team are (from left): Tanner Jacobs, Mason Lichlyter, Austin Caldwell, Landon DeAtley, Derrick Osborn, Tyler Simpson, and Jordan DeAtley. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Southwestern’s boys tennis team won its first Southern Indiana Tennis Conference championship since 2015 on Saturday. Members of the team are (from left): Tanner Jacobs, Mason Lichlyter, Austin Caldwell, Landon DeAtley, Derrick Osborn, Tyler Simpson, and Jordan DeAtley. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Southwestern’s tennis players rolled through two matches unscathed to easily win the Southern Indiana Tennis Conference championship at Hanover Park on Saturday.

The Rebels rolled through Trinity Lutheran in the morning and Milan in the afternoon, both by 5-0 scores. The only issue the team had all afternoon came at No. 1 doubles where the tandem of Tyler Simpson and Tanner Jacobs needed third-set tiebreakers to post both wins.

It was a satisfying day for Southwestern, which hasn’t won the SITC crown since 2015. The victory was dampened only slightly by the fact that defending champion Christian Academy of Indiana was unable to make the trip due to COVID-19 concerns in the school.

“It’s disappointing that Christian Academy wasn’t here. We lost to them earlier in the year and we kind of wanted that rematch,” Southwestern coach Robert Green said. “But with everything going on you have to fight through adversity and I thought that we did that today.”

All seven Rebels earned all-conference honors for their performances on the day.

All three singles players for Southwestern won in near shutouts.

At No. 1, Jordan DeAtley beat Trinity’s Ryan Kleman 6-1, 6-0 and Milan’s Shane Phelps 6-1, 6-0. At No. 2, Carter Harmon beat Trinity’s Cameron Gruenwald 6-1, 6-1 and Milan’s Caleb Prozanski 6-1, 6-0. And at No. 3, Landon DeAtley defeated Trinity’s Henry Hall 6-1, 6-0 and Milan’s Jon Scholle 6-1, 6-0.

Simpson and Jacobs had to battle for both of their wins at No. 1 doubles. The duo defeated Trinity’s Solomon Hall and Nathan Voelker 6-2, 3-6 (11-9) and Milan’s Charlie Jackson and Adam Volz 0-6, 7-5 (10-8).

The No. 2 doubles team of Derrick Osborn and Mason Lichlyter had a much easier time, dispatching Trinity’s Luke Pollert and James Thomack 6-0, 6-2 and Milan’s Brandon Bentley and Jake McGuire 6-0, 6-0.

“We did a very good job of playing to the very last point of the match,” said Green, who was awarded coach of the year for his efforts. “Our 1 doubles team was down in the third-set tiebreaker in both the first match and the second match. But they kept fighting and kept winning. They did a great job. They all did.”

Trinity Lutheran defeated Milan 3-2 in the other match to take second place. The Cougars’ Gruenwald and Hall were both named to the all-conference team as was Milan’s Hall.

On Friday, Southwestern defeated New Washington 4-1 in a non-conference match.

In singles, Jordan DeAtley defeated Colin Brown 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1, Caldwell lost 6-2, 6-1 to Hunter Eurton at No. 2 and Keegan Gross won by default at No. 3. In doubles, Simpson and Jacobs beat Kelly Fieldhouse and Eastern Nichols 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 while Kenny Yount and Korben Schindler won by default at No. 2.

Southwestern, now 9-2 on the season, traveled to Henryville on Monday and hosts Milan today. The Rebels compete in the Scott County Invitational beginning Friday.