The Times photo by Richie Hall - Carmel’s No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Rodefeld (left) and Charlie Emhardt won the IHSAA doubles tournament Saturday at Park Tudor. The Greyhound team  only lost two games in their two matches.
The Times photo by Richie Hall - Carmel’s No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Rodefeld (left) and Charlie Emhardt won the IHSAA doubles tournament Saturday at Park Tudor. The Greyhound team only lost two games in their two matches.
Competition at the IHSAA's individual state tennis tournament is often tough, but Carmel's No. 1 doubles team of Charlie Emhardt and Daniel Rodefeld made it look easy.

The senior duo, fresh off a team state championship last week, blasted through the doubles tournament Saturday at Park Tudor. Emhardt and Rodefeld dropped only two games in their two matches, defeating Brebeuf Jesuit's Carlo Alviar and Seth Gochnauer 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-finals, then beating Jasper's Noah Moss and Will Seger 6-0, 6-1.

"It's one of the best feelings in the world," said Rodefeld. "It's great to experience this with one of my best friends."

The Greyhounds won the first 10 games of the match, dropping their only game after already being up 6-0, 4-0. Emhardt hit three unreturnable serves to get Carmel ahead 5-1, then Rodefeld hit a winner on the third match point to get the victory.

Emhardt and Rodefeld played well from all parts of the court, hitting several service winners and volleying with ease. Emhardt hit six service winners in the match, while Rodefeld had three. They also hit hard from the baseline, as both had two passing shots in the match.

"We were playing really loose," said Emhardt. "I was enjoying it a lot. Once Dan got loose, we were rolling."

Emhardt and Rodefeld won all 10 of their post-season matches, and finished up their season with an overall record of 21-2. Their win also marked the second time in three years that Carmel won an individual doubles crown: Chris Bertolini and Patrick O'Neill did the same in 2010 - again, one week after the Greyhounds won the team title.

There's also some family ties to this win, if all the other stats aren't enough. Dan's sister Sarah Rodefeld won a girls individual doubles championship with Susie Chen in 2010, the summer before Bertolini and O'Neill won. Both were also part of the Greyhounds' 2009 state champion team.

Emhardt's sisters Elizabeth and Caroline were both team state champions on Park Tudor's girls team, during the years that Panthers won four consecutive state titles, from 2005-08.