Source: The Corydon Democrat

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Ford/Cunningham improve to 19-1

by Brian Smith

May 27, 2014

Phonetically, "Maddie and Madison" has a nice ring to it.

When it comes to back strokes, forehands and net play, Lanesville's dynamic tennis duo of Maddie Ford and Madison Cunningham aren't so bad either.

Playing a pair of matches in the New Albany Sectional, the team of "Mads" went 2-0, improving its record to an impressive 19-1 on the season. For its efforts at No. 1 doubles, the duo will shift from the IHSAA team tournament into the individual tournament.

Up next for Ford and Cunningham is a date with either New Albany's Racquel Burch and Ashley Fulmer or Silver Creek's Kelsi Scott and Morgan Sharp. The New Albany and Silver Creek teams played yesterday (Tuesday) with the winner set to face Ford and Cunningham today at 4:30 p.m. at Floyd Central.

As a team, Lanesville lost 4-1 to Christian Academy of Indiana Thursday in the New Albany Sectional championship.

Fresh off a semi-final win over New Albany, CAI was tough on the Lady Eagles outside of No. 1 doubles.

CAI's Rachel Jones led the way on the singles court, defeating Maddie Johnson 6-3, 7-5.

Also in singles, Lauren Winchell (No. 2) defeated Elise Lawson 6-2, 6-1, and Courtney Heishman (No. 3) took down Ivy Cook 6-0, 6-1.

Lanesville earned its lone win through Ford and Cunningham in No. 1 doubles. They disposed of Courtney Brown and Emily Mitchell 6-4, 6-1.

Rounding out the championship for CAI were Danielle Summitt and Brittany Moffett defeating Abby Wright and Merritt Johnson 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles.

The path to the sectional final went through rival Corydon Central.

While the Lady Eagles had no problems on the singles side, each match in doubles went three sets.

Cunningham and Ford previously went three against Corydon Central's duo earlier in the season. The Lady Panthers team of Bridget Kelley and Valerie Crawford rolled in the opening set 6-1 but were quickly set back by the same score in the second set.

Going down to the wire, Lanesville's team came away with the win, 7-5.

In No. 2 doubles, Wright and Merritt Johnson defeated Jenna Price and Annie Blumenstock 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

On the singles court, Maddie Johnson was leading Lillian Kopsollas 5-2 in the first set when the Lady Panthers No. 1 player retired due to injury.

No. 2 singles went to Lawson 6-2, 6-2 over Meredith Wells, while Cook took care of Bethany Thomas 6-2, 6-0.

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