Two MSC tennis titles in a row for Lady Cats
It took early rising and drying of the courts Saturday for the North Harrison girls’ tennis team to complete a perfect 9-0 season within Mid-Southern Conference play.
‘We started out the season with the same two goals that we start out every season and that is to win the conference and the sectional,’ said North Harrison coach Bart Bigham. ‘Those are lofty goals, but we try to keep our eyes more on the process of achieving those goals than the goals themselves.’
Hosting Austin on Saturday morning, the Lady Cats came away with a 5-0 sweep of the Lady Eagles. The ninth MSC win handed North Harrison its second consecutive league title.
‘Winning the conference last year puts a target on your back so to speak, but we talk about approach and adjustments point to point, game to game, set to set and match to match,’ said Bigham. ‘If we can get that right, we feel like we will be competitive and the results will take care of themselves.’
At No. 1 singles, Payton Fravel had a battle with Austin’s Meagan Hollan. The pair went to a first-set tie-breaker, which was narrowly won by Fravel, 10-8. Hollan prevailed in the second set, 6-3, but Fravel pulled out a 6-4 decisive third.
Keeping with singles play, Sydney Fravel took care of Kailen Carter 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 while No. 3 went to Lindsey Schumaker 6-2, 6-1 over Kami Owens.
Doubles play saw a perfect 6-0, 6-0 posted by No. 2 tandem Sarah Yost and Rachel Lett. At No. 1 doubles, Kelsey Bruce and Rachel Biddle defeated Skyler Coomer and Macy Baker 6-1, 6-2.
On Friday, North Harrison beat Eastern (Pekin) 5-0.
The Fravel sisters won matches in straight sets, while Schumaker led by one set before her opponent retired at No. 3 singles.
North Harrison pair of Bruce and Biddle needed three sets to take the No. 1 slot, while Yost and Lett posted a pair of 6-0 scores to win at No. 3.
‘These girls put in a ton of time in the off season as well as extra time during the season, and their time and effort is paying dividends,’ said Bigham. ‘We still have work to do preparing for a busy sectional week.’
The Lady Cats will turn to the Floyd Central Sectional this week, opening semi-final play against Eastern (Pekin) tomorrow (Thursday) at 5 p.m.