Hunter Sievers came through a tight first set on his way to a straight-set victory, allowing South Knox to blank visiting Rivet, 5-0, in a Blue Chip Conference boys tennis match Monday.
Sievers took out Mason Trent, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. The Spartans (7-7, 1-2) had a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins. They were No. 1 singles Nathan Robbins over Thomas Herman and No. 1 doubles Jared Fuller-Noah Hayden against Zach Bottoms-Cody Creech. No. 3 singles Nathan Ruppel dispatched John Gafner, 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 doubles Trevor Lough-Evan Dreiman won by forfeit as the Patriots (0-4, 0-3).
"Hunter had a battle at two singles and found a way to win despite not playing his best tennis," South Knox coach Ryan Hayden said. "I was proud of Nathan Ruppel because he found himself down 3-0 in the second set then won six consecutive games.
"Nathan Robbins played really well, and Noah and Jared earned a 6-0, 6-0 win too."
"We played hard, but we still lack the experience that helps on hot, windy days like today," Rivet coach Chris Gafner said. "Credit goes to South Knox. Their players were consistent and played well.
"Mason had a long back-and-forth match at two singles that turned into a two-hour battle," he said. "As long as the kids keep battling, eventually we will break through."
Dreiman claimed a junior varsity match, 8-1.
The Spartans host Wood Memorial at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The Patriots are at Loogootee at 4:30 p.m. Monday.