NA muscles past SC for sectional title
New Albany continued its string of sectional championships last Thursday by defeating South Central in the title game, 5-0.
It was the Lady Bulldogs’ 6th-straight crown, dating back to 1997-98.
Were it not for Lanesville’s upset in the 1996-97 season, New Albany would have an 11-year domination of its own sectional tourney.
While the final score didn’t show it, the Lady Rebels put up a strong fight on two of the three singles courts underneath sunny skies and perfect temperatures.
South’s Nikki McGuirk battled tooth and nail with Ashley Butler before finally falling at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-3.
At No. 3, the same held true for Amy Jamison, who suffered a 6-4, 6-2 setback at the hands of Mallory Sizemore.
The hosts completed the sweep with Meghan Bielski powering her way to a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Amy Wells.
In doubles play, the Bulldogs continued their tenacity by allowing just four points in the four sets.
Jennifer Medcalfe and Jennifer Lewis zipped past Jennifer Babcock and Jessica Saylor, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1. Laura Hendrich and Michelle Sizemore, playing at No. 2, knocked off Leslie McCrary and Angela Johns, 6-1, 6-1.
N.A. 5, Corydon Central 0
Corydon Central actually led on a couple of courts last Thursday afternoon, but New Albany proved its mettle by offing the Lady Panthers, 5-0.
Bielski survived her first game against Jade Best, 7-6 (13-11), and then raced past her opponent in the second set, 6-0. Butler was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 2 over Melissa Eckart and Sizemore posted a 6-0, 6-1 decision on Bridget Gibson at No. 3 singles.
The duo of Medcalf and Lewis were 6-4, 6-3 winners in a hard-fought duel against Abby Smitson and Megan Bates on the ones’ court and at No. 2, it was Sizemore and Hendrich that muscled past Jeanne Hood and Alicia Nord, 6-0, 6-2.
South Central 5, Lanesville 0
South lived up to its second-place finish in the Harrison County Tournament by sailing past Lanesville, 5-0.
Wells defeated former teammate Nikki Cannon, 6-1, 6-3, to advance to the championship round. McGuirk rallied from an opening-set loss to Amanda Senechal at No. 2, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, and Jamison came through with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Nicole Schmelz at No. 3.
Babcock and Saylor sashayed their way past Tabitha Wernert and Jessica Schmelz, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1, while at No. 2, McCrary and Johns toppled the Lady Eagle duo of Jackie Beach and Kayla Stilger, 6-0, 6-1.