By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Jacob Bair, strumming air guitar on his tennis racket during water breaks, played some sweet string music. His teammates just needed a few more chords.
Bair posted a thrilling victory at No.3 singles, but that was the one-hit wonder for Bedford North Lawrence as Seymour prevailed 4-1 in the opening round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Monday afternoon.
Seymour, which stopped the Stars 5-0 during the first battle on Aug. 30, advanced to meet Jennings County in the semifinal on Wednesday, while BNL dropped into the consolation bracket and will face Columbus East after the Olympians suffered a 3-2 setback to the Panthers.
Bair went the distance for his win as he fought past Trey Hohenstreiter 7-6 (8-6 in the tiebreaker), 4-6, 7-5, rallying to win the last three games.
BNL (6-7) had opportunities on other courts, but the Owls (10-3) won the swing points.
“Not always does that score show how well we played,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “We played much better than the first time around.”
The Owls were tough in doubles. Will Rinehart, a force at the net, and Brandon Hubbard improved to 12-1 as a duo while edging Evan Waggoner and Luke Foreman 6-3, 7-5 at No.1, while Sam Schmidt and Andrew Levine withstood a challenge from Cade Provo and Wyatt Scherschel 7-6 (7-4 in the tiebreaker), 6-2 at No.2.
“Doubles still needs some work,” Thomas said. “ They were competitive, but there were so many points we just gave to them.”
Seymour’s Isaac Hardin fought off Ben Pritchett 6-4, 6-3 at No.2 singles, while Adam Berry rolled past Logan Bland-Chastain 6-0, 6-0 at No.1.
Seymour 4, BNL 1
1. Adam Berry, S d. Logan Bland-Chastain 6-0, 6-0
2. Isaac Hardin, S d. Ben Pritchett 6-4, 6-3
3. Jacob Bair, BNL d. Trey Hohenstreiter 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-5
1. Will Rinehart and Brandon Hubbard, S d. Evan Waggoner and Luke Foreman 6-3, 7-5
2. Sam Schmidt and Andrew Levine, S. Cade Provo and Wyatt Scherschel 7-6 (7-4), 6-2