October 13, 2018

Greyhounds Claim Third Consecutive Title
Behind its undefeated doubles teams, Carmel took out conference rival North Central of Indianapolis 3-2 to win the state title at Indianapolis Racquet Club on Dean Road.

Saturday's state championship, Carmel's third consecutive and second in three years over North Central, was moved from its normal location at North Central High School to the indoor facility due to rain during the afternoon session.

Seniors Timmy Dixon and Garrett Lloyd defeated Nathan Branaman and Brian McAuley, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at No. 1 doubles to stay undefeated at 20-0 this season. They'll compete in next weekend's state finals for singles and doubles players.

At No. 2 doubles, Uday Lomada and Jones McNamar of Carmel also took a straight set decision from North Central's Carter Bailey and Josh Gerstein, 6-1, 6-3 to complete an 18-0 year.

Presley Thienenman defeated Ian Brady at No. 1 singles to account for the Greyhounds' third and decisive point and a 20-0 finish to the team's season under first year coach Brian Hanan.

North Central's Ajay Mahenthiran won a 6-3, 7-5 decision from Broc Fletcher at No. 2 singles and North Central freshman Mace Shoults was a 6-1, 6-3 victor over fellow frosh Srisanth Malpeddi at No. 3.

The top-ranked Greyhounds had defeated second-ranked Homestead 3-2 in Friday's quarterfinals and then swept Floyd Central 5-0 in Saturday morning's semifinals. North Central had swept Culver Academies 5-0 on Friday and outlasted Park Tudor 3-2 in the semifinals.

The Greyhounds had beaten the Panthers by the same 3-2 score on August 30. North Central, which finished 17-3 under coach Dan Brunette.

Park Tudor's No. 1 singles player Aidan Harris was selected as the recipient of the mental attitude award by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee following the championship match.

He is the son of David and Marion Harris of Indianapolis and will attend Middlebury College to study business and economics.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance presented a $1,000 scholarship to Park Tudor School in the name of Aidan Harris.