FC rolls past North Harrison
In reality, a line-up mishap by North Harrison coach Pam Pitman would not have made a difference against 13th-ranked Floyd Central in Friday’s championship round of the Floyd Central Tennis Sectional.
The host squad clubbed the Lady Cats, 5-0, to advance to this week’s Silver Creek Regional.
Pitman mistakenly turned in the lineup for the tournament with a player switched in the one and two doubles positions.
Then, to complicate the matter, one of those players was sick and unable to play, which resulted in another substitution at number one doubles.
‘It was especially upsetting to the number one doubles team that had practiced together and was then unable to play together,’ Pitman said. ‘It was completely my fault. We had a match the same night as the draw meeting, so I was unable to attend, but I should have called ahead to make sure my lineup was corrected. The lineup turned in was the one we used prior to the (Harrison) county tournament, and I thought I had turned in the ‘new’ one. I was mistaken. It was upsetting for the entire team but mostly for the doubles.
‘We managed to play through it and actually did better in the semifinal against Salem than we did during the season.’
Pitman said the old lineup, however, probably would have matched up better against Floyd Central.
The singles players for the Lady Highlanders all won with double 6-0 scores: Lindsey Fischer defeated North’s Kelsey Pierson at No. 1 singles, Brittany Wiaz defeated Stacy Robertson at No. 2, and Shelley Ross bested Bree Shroyer at No. 3.
Floyd’s Stephanie Morency and Stacy Eveslage fought past the Lady Cats’ Amanda Loughmiller and Ashley Uhl, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 1 doubles, while at No. 2 it was Amanda Enteman and Allison Hook earning a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Megan Dean and Leah Harmon.
‘I have a young team, and there is always next year,’ Pitman said. ‘Certainly graduation will help with all of Floyd Central seniors, but they always seem to come back strong. We will see how my team works over the summer. That will be the proof in the pudding.’
Salem made North Harrison’s wait well worthwhile in the semifinal round last Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Lions showed up late for the bout against North and were shut out, 5-0.
At No. 1 singles, Pierson defeated Tristin Allen, 6-1, 6-4. Robertson led the way at No. 2 with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Julie Wright, and at No. 3, Shroyer nearly shut out Sandra Ramirez, 6-0, 6-1.
Loughmiller and Uhl paired up for a pair of 6-4 decisions over Olivia Fischer and Jessica Albin at No. 1. At No. 2, Dean and Harmon were 6-1, 6-3 winners over Amy Root and Alyssa Fleenor.