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Lady Cats clipped by Floyd in tennis sectional final

Lady Cats clipped by Floyd in tennis sectional final
Lady Cats clipped by Floyd in tennis sectional final
North Harrison's Kelsey Pierson, who plays No. 1 singles, returns a shot against Crawford County's Jessica Hanger in the semifinal round of the Floyd Central Sectional last Thursday. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

After North Harrison knocked on the door of a regular-season upset of Floyd Central, 3-2, Lady Cat head coach Pam Pitman believed her squad would give the home team a run for its money in the sectional.
And for the most part, it did.
North Harrison only landed one team point, but the team was mostly competitive everywhere else. Still, the Lady Highlanders captured their fifth consecutive title and 18th overall on Saturday morning, 4-1.
Stacy Robertson ‘ just one of a lineup full of juniors ‘ defeated Porsha Bierman at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, for the Lady Cats’ sole point.
After falling, 6-2, at No. 3 singles, Bree Shroyer forced a rubber-set by tripping Abby Enteman, 6-1, in the second frame. Enteman out-slugged Shroyer in the end, however, 7-5.
Rounding out the action on the singles courts, Floyd’s Shelly Ross used every weapon in her arsenal to knock off upset-minded Kelsey Pierson, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 1.
‘We knew going in that No. 1 was a long shot, with Ross being a senior with all the weapons, but we thought if Kelsey played with patience that we might at least make it a game,’ North coach Pam Pitman said. ‘I felt like we had a chance everywhere else, and with teams like Floyd Central, we have to get them from the bottom up, so to speak.’
After leading for most of the first set and being up 5-4, North’s Leah Harmon and Amanda Loughmiller saw Stacy Eveslage and Emma LaDuke rally for a 7-5 win. Floyd’s pair continued its winning ways in the second set of No. 1 doubles as well, 6-1.
Pitman said dropping the first set after leading for so long happens sometimes, but then to not ever get back into the match was ‘a real shocker.’
Jessie Wimbec and Kayla Prusinki zinged past North’s Megan Dean and Sarah Harris, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 doubles.
‘I think one problem we have year in and year out is the fact that our schedule is heavy with Mid-Southern Conference matches, giving us little opportunity to play some of the stronger teams in the area,’ Pitman said. ‘We do not get in many of those close, tight, super-competitive matches, and then when we do, we do not have the experience to handle the pressure.
‘So again we will look to next season and hope we can pull it all together, and maybe once again David will beat Goliath.’
Rain on Thursday pushed the sectional semifinals to Friday afternoon. On that day, North blanked Crawford County, 5-0.
Pierson posted a pair of 6-4 wins in a hard-fought victory over Jessica Hanger; Robertson defeated Holly Haley, 6-0, 6-1; and Shroyer shut out Jessica Colin, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles play, Harmon and Loughmiller won their bout against Trena Bye and Tiffany Wilkes, 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2, Harris and Dean were straight-set winners, 6-0, 6-0, over Jessica Bitzer and Deanna Myers.
On Wednesday, North Harrison dumped Salem, 5-0.
Pierson defeated Tristin Allen, 6-3, 6-0; Robertson won her match against Olivia Fisher 6-0, 6-1; and Shroyer blanked Ashley Miller, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 1 doubles, Loughmiller and Harmon were 6-2, 6-1 victors against Jessica Albin and Julie Wright 6-2, 6-1. Dean and Harris triumphed against Amy Root and Catherine Libka, 6-2, 6-1.

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