North puts the deep freeze on county rivals
The weather was far from perfect for Saturday’s annual Harrison County Tennis Tournament, but that didn’t spoil the fun for North Harrison.
The Lady Cats had four individual champions and swept the singles courts en route to a team score of 21 points and their 11th consecutive county title.
‘I was pleased with all of my girls, but I was especially pleased with my singles players today,’ North coach Pam Pitman said. They really stayed in their points, and they didn’t lose their cool even when their opponents turned it into a game. I just couldn’t ask for much more.’
After North Harrison’s 21 points, Corydon Central was second with 11 followed by Lanesville (7) and South Central (6).
Last year’s tourney was postponed a week due to rain. When it was held the following Saturday, it was under sunny skies and summer-like temperatures.
That was in stark contrast to this year: heavy, early-morning rain soaked the courts and moved the start time back more than an hour; high winds played havoc with shots; and sunscreen, Gatorade and tennis skirts were replaced by winter jackets, hot chocolate and sweat pants.
Lady Cat Kelsey Pierson downed Jenny Babcock of South Central in the opening round of No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-3, then out-slugged Corydon’s Megan Bates in the championship, 7-5, 6-3.
Stacy Robertson picked up the county title at No. 2 singles, besting South’s Angie Johns in the first round, 6-1, 6-2, and then racing past Jessica Schmelz of Lanesville in the final, 6-0, 6-3.
At No. 3, Bree Shroyer was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Alicia Nord of Corydon. She followed that with a victory over Lanesville’s Tabitha Wernert, 6-3, 6-2.
Amanda Loughmiller and Megan Dean captured the county championship at No. 1 doubles, bumping Lanesville’s Jamie Phelps and Kayla Stilger to start the day, 6-3, 6-2, then working past Corydon’s Sammi Pate and Bethany Shewmaker, 7-5, 6-1, in the final.
North Harrison’s final point came at No. 2 doubles, where Sarah Harris and Micaela Napper triumphed over Jackie Neutz and Kayla McCormick of Lanesville in the consolation round, 6-0, 6-1.
The Lady Cat pair fought the good fight in the morning session but was defeated by eventual No. 2 doubles county champions Samantha Neal and Irene Feureder of South Central in three hard-fought sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
‘My number two doubles always plays well together,’ South coach Kara Boman said. ‘I felt like they were probably the strongest two doubles in the county. It’s the first year of varsity for both, and they just want to win.’
Bates had to go to three sets to knock off Lanesville’s Amanda Senechal in the opening round of No. 1 singles, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.
Senechal, who defeated Babcock in three sets earlier in the week, wasn’t as fortunate on Saturday. The Lady Rebels’ star posted a gritty 6-3, 7-5 win in the consolation round.
To reach the No. 2 singles championship, Schmelz had to dig deep to defeat Corydon’s Jeanne Hood. Schmelz was taken to the brink but still pulled out a 7-5, 7-6 (7-0) win.
Hood came back to win third place by defeating South Central’s Johns, 6-2, 6-4.
Wernert churned out a 6-3, 6-4 win over South’s Tammy McGuirk in the opening round of No. 3 singles.
Corydon’s Nord dueled with McGuirk in the No. 3 singles consolation and emerged the winner, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Pate and Shewmaker had a tester in the first round of No. 1 doubles, where they narrowly defeated South’s Lori Ferree and Leslie McCrary, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4.
Lanesville’s Phelps and Stilger nabbed the consolation over the Lady Rebels’ pair, 6-0, 6-4.
— Lanesville head coach Sharon Rothrock gave her No. 1 singles player, Amanda Senechal, a bear hug as the senior walked off the court on Wednesday afternoon in Elizabeth.
Senechal, who was battling the flu and was on the brink of not playing, had just gutted out a three-set victory over Jenny Babcock to keep Lanesville’s hopes alive in the chase for the Southern Athletic Conference championship.
With all of the other matches completed and the overall standings tied at 2-2, Senechal was able to rally from a 6-1 humbling in the first set to topple Babcock in a slugfest, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
‘Amanda started playing better in the second set only because that’s what you do if you love the game and are accustomed to always doing your best,’ Rothrock said.Jessica Schmelz defeated Angie Johns at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-2; and Tabitha Wernert knocked off Lori Ferree in 6-2 sets.
South swept the doubles courts as Leslie McCrary and Tammy McGuirk were 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 winners over Jamie Phelps and Kayla Stilger at No. 1.
At No. 2 it was Samantha Neal and Irene Feureder blanking Lanesville’s Jackie Neutz and Kayla McCormick, 6-0, 6-0.