DUNLAP — All season, the Concord tennis team had its sites set on a simple goal — add some numbers to the sign.
Minutemen coach Todd Denton pointed to the sign that sits above the courts at Concord that lists the conference, sectional, regional and semistate team champions in school history — a sign that hasn’t been touched since 2009.
But Wednesday night, Oct. 9, the Minutemen added their second title of the 2013 season, winning the Concord Regional 4-1 over East Noble.
Concord, now 15-4 on the year, will face No. 8 Delta (23-1) at the Homestead Semistate at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. East Noble’s season ends with a 14-5 mark.
“The kids would see our board every night after practice, so it became our goal to update it a little,” Denton said. “We got two of the three titles we wanted in the sectional and regional, but fell just a little short in the conference to Warsaw. Now we go to the semistate and see what we can do there against a very good field.”
As has been the case for much of the season, Concord’s trio of senior singles players were dominant, with each posting two-set victories.
Bernardo Cadario topped Evan Hart of East Noble 6-2 and 6-2 at No. 2 doubles, while Jared Searer had an even easier time, beating the Knights’ Aaron Dills 6-0 and 6-1.
Concord’s Nick Pollock had a little tougher time at No. 1 singles, beating freshman Austin Mohamedali 6-2 and 6-3 in a match much closer than it sounds.
“Our singles have just been outstanding all season,” Denton said. “Now, out doubles teams aren’t slouches, but they’re more athletes playing and learning how to play tennis. But Nick, Bernardo and Jared are tennis players playing tennis and they’re already learned how to close matches out.”
Pollock did just that against Mohamedali, although he caused Denton a few anxious moments at the end of the match.
“I thought Nick started playing not to lose, rather than playing to win when he was the only singles match on the court,” Denton said. “Mohamedali had him playing a more deliberate game, which really isn’t Nick’s style, so I was really trying to have him pick up the pace a little. And in the end, he did just that and started hitting through the ball better and finally put him away.
“Don’t look past what Berdardo did at No. 2, either. His match went to deuce quite a bit, but he was able to win most of those points and although the scored looked like it was an easy win, he had to fight to get that win.”
The Minutemen also got a win at No. 2 doubles, where Riley Huffer and Mitchel Lozier posted a marathon three-set win over Adam Albertin and Brennen Biggins, winning 6-7, 7-6 and 6-4.
East Noble did post the first win of the day, as the No. 1 doubles team of Carl Kramer and Jonathan Toles beat Aaron Allen and Mitchel Boyer 6-1 and 6-1.
Concord 4, East Noble 1
Nick Pollock (C) def. Austin Mohamedali 6-2,6-3. Barnardo Cadario (C) def. Evan Hart 6-2, 6-2. Jared Searer (C) def. Aaron Dills 6-0, 6-1.
Carl Kramer/Jonathan Toles (EN ) def. Aaron Allen/Mitchell Boyer 6-1, 6-1. Riley Huffer/Mitchell Lozier (C) def. Adam Albertin/Brennen Biggins 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.
Records: Concord 15-4, East Noble 14-5.
Next: Concord vs. Delta in Homestead 2 Semistate Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.