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Jasper Tennis Prepares For State

The Wildcats are heading to the State Tournament after a 4-1 win at semi-state

Posted: Oct 15, 2020 3:54 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2020 3:04 PM

For the first time since 2017, Jasper Tennis will be represented at state as a team.

"It felt amazing, taking the team to state and being those guys that are always there and it just felt good to take the team back to state," said Jasper Senior Jobe Luebbehusen

"It's nice to finally accomplish it because as a freshman we all were on the bench cheering the team on as they went to state runner up and being able to finally repeat that after falling short at semi-state the last two years is a great accomplishment as a team," said Jasper Senior Grant Levy.

The Wildcats came up short at last year's semi-state match against Reitz, but the team regrouped for a 4-1 win at this past weekend's semi-state.

I'm not surewe've played better in coming out of a match and it was a quick win from that standpoint. I was pretty impressed by the doubles and then the singles followed right in line so it was a lot of fun," said Jasper Head Tennis Coach Scott Yarbrough.

"Our mindset was that we weren't losing. We were just going to go in there and play our hardest and whatever happened happened and we played pretty good and that's what happens when you play pretty good, you beat teams," said Luebbehusen.

That 2017 team made it all the way to the final match before coming up short, something these seniors remember as freshman and would like to change.

"I just remember we were having the time of our lives. The happiest I've ever seen Yardi was riding the fire trucks around town after we got back. Obviously we didn't win but, that was an accomplishment. You look up on the board up there and there's all these sectional, regional, semi-state, state appearances. But that was the second furthest any team from Jasper has ever made it and being able to be apart of that while I didn't play, was such an experience and now we've been waiting for our year and this is our year," said Levy.

"It was actually my brother's class. So my brother was a senior when I was a freshman, so it was kind of cool watching him grow up and being a senior and them going through it and me doing the same thing. It'd just be awesome, first of all I could brag to my brother and say hey we're better than you but, we've got a couple pretty hard matches and we're looking forward to it," said Luebbehusen.

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