FC, NA continue tennis sectional dominance
Two familiar tennis-rich schools ‘ Floyd Central and New Albany ‘ cruised through their sectional opponents without dropping a single match during girls’ tennis sectional action last week.
North Harrison gave Floyd Central its best shot in the opening match at the Floyd Central Sectional last Wednesday. The heavily-favored Lady Highlanders swept the Lady Cats 5-0.
Down a set in No. 1 doubles, Micaela Napper and Kelsey Jacobi fought hard to hang with Floyd Central’s Emma LaDuke and Kayla Prusinski.
Napper and Jacobi held a slim lead in the second game at 3-2 before fading away to lose 6-1, 6-3. In No. 2 doubles, Alyssa Botkins and Ann Hunt defeated North Harrison’s Becca Dean and Katie Reed 6-2, 6-1.
On the singles courts, Wynn Shroyer fell to Floyd Central’s No. 1 Kelsey Wiseman 6-1, 6-2. Chelsea Burch knocked off North Harrison’s Maggie Cassidy in No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-2 and, in No. 3 singles, Jessica VanWinkle defeated Caitlyn Janes 6-2, 6-2.
Floyd Central went on to beat Crawford County 5-0 in the semi-finals before ousting Eastern (Pekin) 5-0 in the sectional championship.
New Albany had a similar run to Floyd Central’s at the New Albany Sectional. The semi-final matches were moved to Friday due to rain canceling Thursday’s play. Both the semi-finals and finals were played on Friday.
Corydon Central was able to outlast South Central 5-0 in the semi-finals to take on New Albany for the sectional title. But for the 11th consecutive year, New Albany claimed the sectional title, defeating the Lady Panthers 5-0 in the championship.
In No. 1 singles, Kylia Sullivan defeated Jorie Newell 6-2, 6-0. Other singles action included Kylie Crecelius upending Corydon Central’s Kylie Hall 6-0, 6-2 and Hayley Haws topped Heather Uhl in No. 3 singles.
The doubles court was all Bulldogs as well. Sarah Nale and Kaitlin Tretter defeated Catherine Freiberger and Taylor Kellem 6-1, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles while, in No. 2 doubles, Kaitlyn Focken and Deidre Fetz whizzed past Leah Wiekowski and Olivia Reilly 6-2, 6-0.
To reach the finals, New Albany defeated Lanesville 5-0.
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