WARSAW – The Warsaw boys tennis team should know the road to the regional very well.
The Tigers should also know their regional opponents very well too.
Will that familiarity breed success for Warsaw?
Time will tell.
Coach Rick Orban’s team will make its fifth straight trip to the fabulous Gable Tennis Complex on the gorgeous Culver Academies campus to play for a regional title starting Tuesday evening.
Warsaw, which easily won its fifth straight sectional title with a pair of 5-0 wins at home last Thursday night, will face host Culver Academies on Tuesday in a semifinal match at 5 p.m. The other semifinal matchup has Plymouth taking on Wabash. The winners return to Culver Academies on Wednesday at 5 p.m. to play for the regional title.
The Tigers own wins over both Culver Academies and Northern Lakes Conference foe Plymouth from the regular season. Warsaw won at Culver Academies 4-1 on August 31 and then turned right around the next night and beat Plymouth 3-2 at home. The Tigers won at all three singles positions and at No. 1 doubles in the first meeting with the Eagles with the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles matches each going three sets. Warsaw won at No. 2 and 3 singles and at No. 2 doubles in the NLC win over Plymouth with the No. 2 doubles match going to three sets.
Warsaw, which is 9-6, boasts a veteran team with five seniors in the lineup. Junior Colton Lind leads the way at No. 1 singles with seniors Andrew Gauger and David Homme at No. 2 and 3 singles respectively. The senior tandem of Ryan Wettschurack and Justin Stout man the No. 1 doubles spot for the Tigers with senior Hayden Steger and sophomore Spencer Britton at No. 2 doubles.
Culver Academies, which is 12-5, defeated North Judson and Rochester each by 5-0 finals to win its sectional title for the 13th straight year.
Plymouth, which sports an 11-8 mark, claimed its 20th straight sectional championship with 5-0 wins over LaVille and Bremen to take honors at the Bremen Sectional.
Wabash claimed its first sectional title since 2011 by topping Peru 3-2 and Manchester 5-0 to win the Peru Sectional crown.
The host Eagles claimed the regional title in 2015. Culver Academies defeated Warsaw 5-0 in the semifinals and then beat Plymouth 3-2 in the regional final. The Eagles then beat Munster 4-1 to win the semistate before losing 3-2 to Jeffersonville in a quarterfinal match of the State Finals.
Warsaw has won nine regional championships in program history with the last coming in 2013.
The Culver Academies Regional winner will meet the winner of the Portage Regional in the semistate back at the Academy next Saturday at noon. The Portage Regional opens Tuesday with LaPorte facing Penn and No. 14 South Bend St. Joseph taking on Chesterton in semifinal action.