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SATURDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: K.V.'s Sanderson finishes second at state tennis finals

2013-10-26T22:00:00Z 2013-12-12T22:10:29Z SATURDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: K.V.'s Sanderson finishes second at state tennis finalsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 26, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

Kankakee Valley senior Luke Sanderson didn't play a three-set match all season.

A third set would've been welcome Saturday in the singles championship match at the IHSAA state boys tennis finals.

Sanderson lost for the first time this fall, 6-2, 6-2 to Park Tudor's Danny Rayl.

"The loss was really tough for me," said Sanderson, who finished the season 24-1. "(Rayl) is just the best player in the state. He was very powerful, very consistent throughout. He came through with some really good shots.

"I did everything I could. I threw everything at him. He just played better in the end."

Sanderson found solace in making it to the state final.

"There's hundreds of tennis players in Indiana," he said, "and I made it to the final two."

Sanderson advanced to the championship with a 6-2, 6-0 semifinal win over Fort Wayne Canterbury's Davis Huber on Saturday morning.

"That second set was probably the best one I've played all season," he said. "I really felt everything."

The entire season had a close-knit feel to it, because Sanderson's coach is his older sister Katee.

"That was definitely special. I don't know of any other players that play for their sister," Luke said. "I wasn't just playing out there. It was me, my sister, my dad (Reggie) -- it felt like my whole family was out there. I was very lucky to have them all around. They've helped me through this season."

Sanderson will visit the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, but his college status is still uncertain.

"I'll take positives out of (the loss). This definitely isn't my last tennis match," he said. "I think I have a bright future ahead. I still have to go out and continue to work on my game."

 

Girls volleyball

Oregon-Davis Sectional: Bri Satoski had 15 kills and 14 digs, leading South Central over the host Bobcats 25-11, 25-12, 25-12 for a Class A sectional title. It's the fourth sectional title for the Satellites (26-5).

Riley Popplewell added six kills, two block kills and six digs; Kaitlyn Jackson had eight kills and nine digs; Katelyn Tucker had 27 assists; Morgan Harlow had 15 digs and five aces, and Taylor Johnson had two kills and two aces.

South Central will host the Fort Wayne Blackhawk Sectional winner Tuesday in regional play.

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