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Straight-set winners in conference debut

Straight-set winners in conference debut
Straight-set winners in conference debut
Payton Fravel sends a serve across the net last Tuesday in the Mid-Southern Conference match against Scottsburg. North Harrison won all five courts in straight sets. Photos by Brian Smith

Last week, the North Harrison girls’ tennis team began the young season with a pair of Mid-Southern Conference matches.
Although the evidence of last season’s success is draped with a banner on the tennis courts’ chain links, North Harrison coach Bart Bigham said his message to players is to focus on this season. Coming off an MSC title a season ago, the Lady Cats bring back nearly their entire slate of netters.
Doubles player Alison Sieg graduated, but, filling her slot, Rachel Lett saw some action on varsity a year ago.
In fact, the seven players Bigham sent out last Tuesday against Scottsburg, are either sophomores or juniors.
North Harrison disposed of Scottsburg 5-0 then posted the same score two days later versus Charlestown. Neither MSC opponent was able to pick off a set across the five courts.
At No. 1 singles, Payton Fravel returned, using her strong play to defeat Scottsburg’s Leah Huenfeld 6-0, 6-1. The impressive play continued for Fravel on Thursday, as she blanked Charlestown’s Samantha Matthews 6-0, 6-0.
Sydney Fravel, Payton’s sister, was nearly flawless at the No. 2 slot. Scottsburg’s Eliza Mount put up a fight early, but Sydney came away with a 6-2, 6-1 decision. Against Charlestown, Sydney romped 6-2, 6-0 over Megan Crawford.
Straight sets was all Lindsey Schumaker needed at No. 3 singles, too. She came up with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Megan Johnson (Scottsburg) and back-to-back 6-0s against Sidney Goedecker (Charlestown).
One change from the starting roster for North Harrison is at No. 1 doubles. Rachel Biddle is gaining experience with a new partner in Lett. The Rachels teamed to beat Scottsburg’s pair 6-3, 6-1 then posted a pair of 6-4 scores against Charlestown’s Susannah Fielding and Haley Bussey.
Continuing their work together at No. 2 doubles, North Harrison’s Sarah Yost and Kelsey Bruce rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Scottsburg. Taking on Charlestown’s team of Hannah Bussey and Madilyn Nuxoll, the Lady Cats’ pair had to win a second set tie-breaker 7-4 to maintain the sweep. Yost-Bruce won the opening set 6-0.