The seventh-ranked Center Grove boys tennis team had no trouble defending its regional championship.
The tournament-host Trojans defeated No. 19 Perry Meridian 5-0 in Thursday’s championship match. Center Grove now has won a state-record 22 straight regionals and 25 overall.
For its efforts, Center Grove advances to Saturday’s semistate, where it will be matched up against Northeastern (20-1) at 10 a.m. For the second straight year, the Trojans are semistate hosts.
Against Perry Meridian (19-6), Center Grove (16-5) cruised through three of its five matches in less than an hour to secure the win.
The quick victories came at both doubles positions and at the No. 2 singles position.
At No. 1 singles, Center Grove senior Luke Andersen withstood a stiff challenge from senior Brandon Benedict. Andersen held on for a 7-5, 7-6 (4) win.
“We both have one-handers and like to look to the forehand,” Andersen said. “We have big serves, and we just camp out on the back line and try to end the points quickly. I thought I played well, and Brandon played very well.