Aaron Thompsons Finishes Strong Season with State Finals
The 2017 season was a successful season for Mater Dei junior, Aaron Thompson. Aaron who played all year at number one singles, navigated his way through the IHSAA individual state championships to end up at Park Tudor HS (Indianapolis) this past weekend. He is the first boy to reach the state finals in program history. He is the second Mater Dei player in the past three years to play in the state finals (Lauren Marx). The field was set with only seven remaining eligible players. First round he played Thomas Pries of South Bend St. Joseph. Pries entered the match with a 22-0 record on the season. Aaron came out strong and never let up, beating Pries 6-3, 6-1 to set up a match against defending IHSAA State Champion, Patrick Fletchall. Fletchall defeated Brandon Wu (Memorial) last year in the final match of the State Finals. Fletchall and his teammates at Carmel High School repeated as State Team Champions this year.
The second round featured Fletchall vs Thompson, and Mac Rogers (Bloomington North) vs Sajin Smith (Perry Meridian). Thompson and Fletchall did not disappoint. Both boys battled nerves as each players had representatives of their school, friends and family in attendance for support. Each player held throughout the beginning of the first set until Fletchall broke Thompson’s serve. Aaron rallied back, breaking serve immediately to push the first set to 4-4. After a long fought game, Fletchall held serve to go up 5-4 before taking the set 6-4. Fletchall held onto the momentum and carried it into the second set where he defeated Thompson 6-2.
Later that day, Fletchall beat Mac Rogers to take home the 2017 IHSAA State Championship. The Indiana University commit, is the fourth player to win back-to-back individual state championships.
Congratulations to our ETC Boys on earning 1st and 2nd Team All SIAC
Aaron Thompson (Mater Dei)
Ollie Ossenberg (Castle)
Zach Woods (Memorial)
Ross Effinger (Memorial)
James Vincent (Memorial)
Brandon Herr (Reitz)
Reece Stephens (Castle)