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Lanesville netters trim North Harrison

Unbelievable.
That was the one word Lanesville girls tennis coach Sharon Rothrock used over and over after her squad knocked off North Harrison on Tuesday.
‘I know I can’t ever remember when Lanesville beat North, and I’ve been here seven years. Pam (Pitman) said Lanesville hasn’t beaten North since she’s been there, either. It may be the first time ever,’ Rothrock beamed.
The Lady Eagles tripped up the visiting Lady Cats, 3-2.
At No. 1 singles, Nikki Cannon defeated North’s Kelsey Pierson, 6-0, 6-2, and at No. 2, Lanesville’s Amanda Scenechal knocked off Stacy Robertson 6-0, 6-1.
Bree Shroyer came through for one of North’s points at No. 3 singles when she rallied past Nicole Schmelz, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Action on the No. 1 doubles court had Jessica Schmelz and Tabatha Wernert defeating Lady Cats Leah Harmon and Megan Dean 4-6, 6-0, 6-4. At No. 2 it was North’s Sarah Harris and Vanessa Barr rallying for the win, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, over Jamie Phelps and Kayla Stilger
‘The girls were all pumped afterwards,’ Rothrock said. ‘It cost me a fortune, but we celebrated with a meal at Polly’s after the win. I didn’t have enough cash on me, so I had to write a check. It was well worth it, though.
‘The No. 3 singles and both doubles split sets, so I was a nervous wreck. When everything had ended, I was in shock and was standing there with my hand open to Pam and had asked what had just happened.
‘It was just one of those moments.’
Despite the loss, Pitman said she was happy for the winners.
‘It was a dog fight, and we lost it,’ Pitman added. ‘It was a really good match to watch. I was happy for Lanesville and Sharon.’
The victory wasn’t without a bit of controversy, though.
The No. 1 doubles teams were on the court at deuce (5-4). Lanesville hit its serve and North returned a deep shot just inside the baseline. Schmelz and Wernert made a play on the ball but missed.
On the ensuing serve by Lanesville, ‘ad-in’ was called, when it should have been advantage out.
‘We should have not returned serve and called a let and discussed the score, but instead we play the ball and drop the point and thus lose the match,’ Pitman said.
‘It’s a tough lesson, but we talk so much about rules … in tennis you are an official as well as a player, and you must do both jobs or suffer the consequences.’
Lanesville won’t see action again until Monday afternoon, when it’ll host Christian Academy of Indiana. North Harrison hosted Mid-Southern Conference-foe Scottsburg yesterday and will travel to Charlestown tomorrow (Thursday).

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