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Lanesville reaches tennis final, falls to New Albany

Lanesville reaches tennis final, falls to New Albany
Lanesville reaches tennis final, falls to New Albany
From the baseline, Lanesville's Ivy Cooke hits a return on her way to a straight-set victory over Corydon Central's Jenna Price last Wednesday. Photo by Brian Smith

Lanesville took a crack at New Albany in the girls’ tennis New Albany Sectional championship match Thursday.
The Lady Eagles picked up a win at No. 3 singles with a three-set win by Skyler Blank, but, as a team, New Albany pulled out the title 4-1.
Blank dropped the opening set 6-2 to Allie Lambert but then turned her game around. In a competitive second set, Blank won 7-5 to force a third. Keeping the momentum, Blank cruised 6-1 for the win.
New Albany, meanwhile, didn’t have much trouble in the top two singles matches. Ashley Fulmer defeated Ivy Cooke 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1, while Daisy Dukes dropped Hailee Parsons 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.
Top doubles action saw Lanesville’s Abby Wright and Lanna Shaffer force a second-set tie-breaker after falling in the first set 6-2. In the tie-breaker, New Albany’s Megha Dhanapal and Emily Yellina jumped ahead and won 7-2.
At No. 2 doubles, New Albany’s Emily Flener and Sarah Vanlsenberg posted a pair of 6-0 sets to end the season for Adalee Ingle and Emma Peele.
To reach the sectional championship, New Albany narrowly defeated Christian Academy of Indiana 3-2 while Lanesville scored a 4-1 victory over Corydon Central.
Singles players for Lanesville closed with straight set triumphs, led by Cooke’s quick 6-0, 6-1 work of Corydon Central’s Jenna Price.
Parsons had to hold off Ashlyn Crawford at No. 2 singles to win 6-2, 6-3. Blank, setting up a perfect 2-0 record during sectional play, topped Corydon Central’s Macey Capelle 6-0, 6-3.
In doubles action, Wright/Shaffer posted 6-0, 6-1 scores to bring down Grace Gusler and Annie Blumenstock.
Corydon Central’s lone win came at No. 2 doubles. Emily Hollingsworth and Sara Hastings needed three sets (6-3, 2-6, 6-4) to outlast Ingle/Peele.
The Lady Eagles entered the postseason on a roll, placing first in the four-team Eastern (Pekin) Invitational the previous weekend. Top finishes were had by Cooke (No. 1 singles), Blank (No. 3 singles) and the tandem of Wright/Shaffer (No. 1 doubles).
Lady Rebels bow out at Creek
South Central was able to pick off several games against host Silver Creek across the courts featuring singles action last Wednesday. At No. 1 singles, Alexis Knear scored a first-set win. In the end, Silver Creek girls’ tennis proved too strong, defeating South Central 5-0 in the opening round of the Silver Creek Sectional.
Even play at No. 1 singles between Knear and Silver Creek’s Ashley Less led to a first-set tie-breaker. Knear pulled out the opener 7-5 in the pressure points. Less improved play during the next two sets, winning 6-2, 6-0.
Meghan Voight gave Silver Creek a win at No. 2 singles over Brooklyn Woertz. After giving up the first set 6-2, Woertz battled in the second before falling 7-5.
The No. 3 spot was won by Silver Creek’s Elaine Slavik 6-2, 6-4 against South Central’s Whitney McCoy.
Doubles tilted to Silver Creek on both courts. Chloie Yost and Morgan Bobo won 6-1, 6-0 over Maddy Brashear and Issabelle Temple. Picking up a 6-0, 6-2 win for the advancing Lady Dragons at No. 2 doubles was Alexis Boone and Zoie Zimmerman over South Central’s Josie Faith/Gracie Riley.