Source: The Corydon Democrat

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Line judge needed, but Lady Eagles prevail vs. Corydon

by Brian Smith

April 29, 2014

Calling for a line judge provided some tense moments last Tuesday when Corydon Central visited Lanesville for girls' tennis.

Despite the edgy moments on the doubles court, Lanesville came away with a 4-1 team win over the Lady Panthers.

The match at No. 1 doubles between Lanesville's Maddie Ford and Madison Cunningham versus Corydon Central's Bridget Kelly and Meredith Wells had a quick first set. The Lady Eagles tandem, which has dropped only one match this season, rolled 6-0 in the first set.

The second, however, saw Kelly and Wells claw back into the match. Lanesville had a 5-4 lead, but Corydon Central's pair snagged two straight.

During the Lady Panthers' rally, Ford-Cunningham called for a line judge after disputing a few calls made by Kelly-Wells.

Facing a 6-5 deficit, Lanesville won the 12th game of the set, forcing a tie-breaker.

In the tie-breaker, Lanesville earned a mini break by winning the first point but, from that point on, it was all Corydon Central. Kelly and Wells extended their lead to win the tie-breaker, 7-5.

Despite the energy from winning the tie-breaker, Ford and Cunningham straighten their play out in the third. They rolled 6-0 in the decisive set.

In top singles' action, Lanesville's Elise Lawson and Corydon Central's Lillian Kopsalis had several tight games. After winning the first set 6-1, Lawson jumped out again to a three-game lead in set two. Kopsalis fought back to win a pair of games, but Lawson eventually prevailed, 6-2.

Playing No. 2 singles, Lanesville's Ivy Cooke rolled to a victory over Jenna Price. Cooke needed 12 games to come away with a clean 6-0, 6-0 score.

Abby Wright scored the second win for Lanesville, edging out Corydon Central's Annie Blumstock 6-2, 6-2.

Corydon Central picked up its lone win in No. 2 doubles action. Bethany Thomas and Valerie Crawford had little trouble in the opening set, winning 6-1 against Rachel Bachman and Merritt Johnson. The second set was more of a challenge, but the Lady Panthers duo responded to prevail 6-4.

Lanesville will return to the court today (Wednesday) to face South Central. Corydon Central will host New Albany today as well. On Saturday, Lanesville is slated to play in the Eastern (Pekin) Invitational while Corydon Central will try its hand at the Providence Invitational.