Wawasee High School junior Zach Leedy won the battle. 

The Warsaw Tigers, however, won the war.

In a Northern Lakes Conference boys tennis contest Tuesday evening, Leedy won a marathon match 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 over Warsaw junior Caleb Williams.

That Wawasee’s lone win, though, as the host Tigers won in straight sets on the other courts en route to a 4-1 win.

“Caleb is a great kid,” said first-year Warsaw coach Stacy Lind. “We need to get his confidence up. He has beautiful fundamentals, beautiful strokes, his game is there. It’ll come.

“They both battled. I thought the sports etiquette was great. I mean, they both went out and focused on their games. What a match.”

After winning the second set to even the match, Leedy fell behind 4-1 in the third set. He won five of the next seven games to tie the set score at 6-all.

Leedy then won the tiebreak point 7-4.

“That was a big one,” Wawasee coach Shane Staley said of Leedy’s win. “We’ve had a long string of matches here lately that were 0-5 matches. It was nice to see him pull that out, win in a third set. It gives us something to go on. We’ll be facing Warsaw again in the conference championships, and possibly in the sectional.”

Warsaw scored a pair of team points quickly as the Tigers’ doubles teams lost just one game between them.

Seniors Spencer Britton and Nolan Knight were 6-1, 6-0 winners over senior Jacob Krugman and freshman Grant Brooks at No. 1 doubles.

In No. 2 doubles play, Warsaw senior Jarrett Orr and sophomore Michael Ray beat sophomore Taylor Fiedeke and freshman Zeke Keim 6-0, 6-0.

“I think they gel well together. They have a chemistry,” said Lind. “My No. 1 doubles players have known each other for a long time, and they just feed off one another, and I?think they know how to boost each other up and go out there and play strong.

“My No. 2 doubles, I think this is the first year they’ve played together, but they communicate well, and they forget about the mistake that just happened and move forward.”

Junior Brian Elliott gave Warsaw its third team point and match victory when he beat junior Colin Rhoades 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

In No. 2 singles action, Warsaw senior Reuben Williams trailed senior Graham Perek 5-4 in the first set, but rallied to win the next three games for a 7-5 set win. He then beat Perek 6-0 in the second set.

“He just built up momentum, charged forward, went and conquered and mastered it,” Lind said of Reuben Williams’ victory.

Warsaw, now 2-3 in the NLC?standings, hosts non-conference foe East Noble today for senior night.

The Warriors, who fell to 0-5 in league play, host NLC rival Elkhart Memorial Thursday.


Singles: No. 1 – Zach Leedy (Waw) def. Caleb Williams 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4); No. 2  – Reuben Williams (War) def. Graham Perek 7-5, 6-0; No. 3 – Brian Elliott (War) def. Colin Rhoades 6-0, 6-1

Doubles: No. 1 – Spencer Britton & Nolan Knight (War) def. Jacob Krugman & Grant Brooks 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 – Jarrett Orr & Michael Ray (War) def. Taylor Fiedeke & Zeke Keim 6-0, 6-0

JV – Warsaw 10, Wawasee 0

Singles: No. 1 – Hayden Anderson (War) def. Clayton Firestone 8-1; No. 2 – Trey Williams (War) def. Holden Babb 8-3; No. 3 – Harrison Lewis (War) def. Jeb Richey 8-1; No. 4 – Michael Dougan (War) def. Braydon Chatterton 6-0; No. 5 – Will Boren (War) def. Holden Bubb 8-0; No. 6 – Kanton Waddle (War) def. Clayton Firestone 8-0; No. 7 – Michael Vanwormer (War) def. Jeb Richey 4-0

Doubles: No. 1 – Carter Schuh & Nick Ratu (War) def. Blaine Baut and & Devon Kuhn 8-3; No. 2 – Zach Garrett & Nicholas Rodgers (War) def. Jeb Richey & Braydon Chatterton 8-0; No. 3 – Cole Rhodes & Graham Landwerlen (War) def. Devon Kuhn & Blaine Baut 6-1