2009-10-18 / Sports

Tribe netters edge Garber for Tri-Valley Conference crown

The Indians celebrate their first TVC tennis title. The Indians celebrate their first TVC tennis title. MIDLAND – Heading into the Tri-Valley Conference tennis tournament on Monday, Oct. 5, Chesaning and Garber were knotted atop the leader board. The schools had played to a 4-4 tie in their head-to-head match up, and each boasted 7-0-1 records.

With the pressure on, the Indians came away with a slim 25-23 edge to capture their first TVC crown.

“Our doubles teams were the difference today,” said long-time Chesaning coach Dave Gasper. “We won all four doubles flights.”

The No. 1 doubles duo of Leo Devota and Jason Muirhead beat the Garber pair in an exciting three-set finals match.

“These guys have played very steady and smart all season,” Gasper said. “Without that win, we might have ended in another tie. We were tied at 22 points apiece in the finals, and Leo and Jason stepped up for the big win.”

The No. 2 doubles D.J. Brown and Cole Davis, and the No. 3 doubles Luke Dankert and Casey Amman, added the insurance win in their finals. No. 4 doubles Chad Ruthig and Jacob Buck had previously won their finals match.

All four doubles teams earned all-conference honors.

At No. 2 singles, Troy Harmon lost a hard-fought match to his Garber opponent in a three-set finals. Harmon earned honorable mention all-conference for his efforts.

Harmon has been a strong player all season for the Indians, compiling 21 wins on the season. He’s only the fourth Chesaning player to compile more than 20 wins in a season.

“We got points from every player on the team,” Gasper said

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