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Fravel sisters land wins, team can’t break FC

Fravel sisters land wins, team can’t break FC
Fravel sisters land wins, team can’t break FC
North Harrison senior Payton Fravel heads to the service line during the first set versus Floyd Central's Madison Woosley. Fravel won her match, advancing to the individual sectional. Photo by Brian Smith

North Harrison had its sights set on snapping Floyd Central’s 16-year run at girls’ tennis sectional titles. However, the bid to end the streak didn’t go the way the Lady Cats envisioned. In a tight team battle for the second consecutive year, Floyd Central took the sectional by a 3-2 score.
‘We came up short against Floyd Central in the sectional but it wasn’t from lack of effort,’ North Harrison coach Bart Bigham said. ‘We battled on each court.’
Sisters Payton and Sydney Fravel came out victorious in their singles matches. Championship play was originally scheduled for Friday, but, after warming up, rain and thunderstorms postponed the meeting to Saturday morning.
Payton gave up a few games to Floyd Central’s Madison Woosley in the opening set, but, once the Lady Cat locked in, she rolled to victory. Payton went on to post a score of 6-2, 6-0 for the win.
Tournament play will continue for Payton, who advances to the individual sectional to be played this week at Silver Creek.
As the sun peeked through Saturday, the action ‘ and the temperature ‘ heated up on the No. 2 singles court, the only court to go three sets. Sydney Fravel dropped her opener 6-3 to Kate Sparrow. Flipping the score in game two, Sydney won 6-3, forcing a third set. Playing a super tiebreaker, Sydney outscored her opponent 10-5.
‘Payton and Sydney played well again and picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and that is a testament to all the time they have put into tennis over the last four years,’ Bigham said of the senior sisters.
Floyd Central, however, earned wins on the remaining courts.
At No. 3 singles, Jasmine Shireman defeated Lindsey Schumaker 6-1, 6-0.
On the doubles side, North Harrison’s Rachel Lett and Kelsey Bruce picked up play as the match went on versus Haley Palmer and Leah Baumann. After dropping the first set 6-0, Lett-Bruce battled before falling 7-5 in the second.
The No. 2 doubles win went to Floyd Central’s Lindsay Dorsch and Morgan Hamilton, who defeated Sarah Yost and Elsie Gasaway 6-1, 6-3.
‘Kelsey Bruce and Rachel Lett played some of their best tennis of the year making a run in the second set at No. 1 doubles only to fall 5-7,’ Bigham said. ‘Lindsey Schumaker, Elsie Gasaway and Sarah Yost had some struggles in the finals after picking up wins in the semi-final but battled every point and didn’t go down without a fight.’
To reach the championship, Floyd Central scored 5-0 team wins over Crawford County and Eastern (Pekin). North Harrison, meanwhile, had to defeat Mid-Southern Conference-foe Salem to advance. The Lady Cats didn’t drop a set versus Salem on Thursday, winning 5-0.
In fact, Payton Fravel dropped only two games the entire tournament (four sets), defeating Salem’s Whitney Journell 6-0, 6-0.
Sydney landed a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles, while Schumaker won 6-1, 6-0.
It was two-set victories for North Harrison on the doubles side against Salem as well.
‘This team has meant the world to me,’ Bigham said. ‘I can’t say enough great things about them. They are all great students and representatives of North Harrison High School. They are a pleasure to be around every single day. They are so positive and care about each other and the tennis program.’
Bigham said it has been tough to say goodbye to the seniors: Schumaker, Yost and the Fravel sisters.
‘I had each of them in class and each spring for tennis, and I really developed a relationship with them and their parents, and that goes for the juniors on the team as well,’ Bigham said. ‘The girls had another great season, winning 14 of our 17 dual matches and winning the Crawford County Invitational for the fourth straight year.’

Semi-final
Singles: No. 1 ‘ P. Fravel (NH) def. W. Journell 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 ‘ S. Fravel (NH) def. H. Gross 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 ‘ L. Schumaker (NH) def. M. Elgin 6-1, 6-0; Doubles: No. 1 ‘ R. Lett/K. Bruce (NH) def. R. Wade-Swift 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 ‘ S. Yost/E. Gasaway (NH) def. E. Day/M. Gramlin 6-1, 6-3.

Championship
Singles: No. 1 ‘ P. Fravel (NH) def. M. Woosley 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 ‘ S. Fravel (NH) def. K. Sparrow 3-6, 6-3, 10-5; No. 3 ‘ J. Shireman (FC) def. L. Schumaker 6-3, 6-1; Doubles: No. 1 ‘ H. Palmer/L. Daumann (FC) def. R. Lett/K. Bruce 6-0, 7-5; No. 2 ‘ L. Dorsch/M. Hamilton (FC) def. S. Yost/E. Gasaway 6-1, 6-2.

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