NH tennis snags New Albany Invitational
Across five courts Saturday, North Harrison placed players in the championship round at the New Albany Invitational.
The end result of consistent play from everyone was the girls’ tennis team title.
Led by a first-place finish from a combined effort of Rachel Lett and Alison Sieg in No. 3 singles, the Lady Cats finished with 44 points. The runner-up was Borden (34), followed by Providence (30) and New Albany (28). Christian Academy of Indiana, Austin and Henryville also participated.
‘I’m very proud of all the girls,’ North Harrison coach Bart Bigham said. ‘They have all put in a lot of hard work and dedication to tennis.’
Sieg started the event at No. 3 singles, defeating Borden in the first round 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 (pro-set format to determine third set).
Subbing in due to Sieg set to attend North Harrison’s prom, Lett stepped right in with ease. She nearly blanked Austin’s No. 3 player with a 6-0, 6-1 score.
The freshman reached the final, dropping New Albany’s Raquel Burch 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
‘For Rachel to sub in having never played a varsity match and win the No. 3 singles championship was huge for the Lady Cats,’ Bigham said.
Also in singles action, Payton Fravel continued her play at the No. 1 slot. It took three sets to down Providence’s Izzy Cole (4-6, 6-2, 10-7) in the first round. Reaching the final after a straight set win over New Albany, Fravel met Christian Academy of Indiana’s Lauren Winchell in the championship. The CAI player won by identical 6-2 scores.
In first- and second-round play, No. 2 singles player Lindsey Schumaker had little trouble. She won 6-0, 6-0 in both of her matches (Henryville and Austin). Facing New Albany’s Ashley Fulmer in the final, the Bulldog got the win over Schumaker, 6-4, 6-0.
North Harrison’s doubles teams also took runner-up finishes.
The tandem of Rachel Biddle and Sydney Fravel played No 1, beating teams from CIA (6-3, 6-4) and Henryville (6-0, 6-0) before a date in the final with Borden.
Borden’s team of McKenzie Owens and Sidney Martin got the best of Biddle/Fravel by a 6-1, 6-1 score.
North Harrison’s No. 2 doubles ‘ Sarah Yost and Kelsey Bruce ‘ had one long match after another. They went three sets in three bouts.
Against CAI, Yost/Bruce won 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, then defeated New Albany’s duo 6-2, 5-7, 11-9.
The final match, however, went to Providence’s Kirstie Krininger and Claire Hooper, 1-6, 7-5, 12-10.
North Harrison will travel to New Albany tomorrow (Thursday) to face the Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m.