April 30, 2014 | 11:42 AM
A mix of youth and experience fills the five courts for the North Harrison girls' tennis team.
Three seniors and four freshmen made up the seven varsity starters in last Wednesday's match against South Central in Elizabeth. So far so good for the blend of Lady Cats' talent. They went on to defeat the Lady Rebels 5-0, improving to 6-1 on the season as a team.
To go along with the 6-1 record, North Harrison also recently placed fourth in the competitive New Albany Invitational.
Leading the way on the singles court versus South Central was Maddie Janes. Playing in the No. 1 slot, the senior leader cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Josie Faith.
Holding down the fort in No. 2 doubles is the senior tandem of Lexi James and Kaylee Nordhoff. Against South Central's team of Gracie Riley and Rachael Smith, North Harrison's duo rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 decision.
So far this season, James and Nordhoff are rolling with a 7-0 record in team match play. They've won all but one match in the minimum two sets needed outside of the New Albany Invitational. Their tightest finish was going three against Paoli last Tuesday, eventually winning 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Freshmen Lindsey Schumaker, Rachel Biddle, Payton Fravel and Sydney Fravel have played up to par as well.
In No. 2 singles against South Central's Suzanna Bond, Schumaker rolled 6-0, 6-0. Biddle was just as impressive in No. 3 singles, defeating Maddy Brashear 6-0, 6-1.
Straight sets was all the Fravel sisters would need as well. They took down Shelby Foley and Whitney McCoy 6-0, 6-0.
"Payton had yet another solid performance at No. 1 doubles," North Harrison coach Bart Bigham said. "As a freshman, Peyton plays with the confidence of a seasoned veteran. This is because of all the time she spends on the court. She and all the girls did a nice job of working on their games in a match when it would have been easy to coast."
The Lady Cats will return to MSC action Monday at Silver Creek then will host Salem on Tuesday.