Individual champ fine with Fravel
Two days well worth it.
North Harrison’s Payton Fravel began play in the Silver Creek Individual Sectional last Wednesday, racing out to a 5-0 lead in the first set over Borden’s Jessica Kay. It was rain, however, that pushed the conclusion of the match to Thursday.
Biding her time, Fravel closed out the opening set on Thursday with a 6-1 score. Set No. 2 took a similar path with the power-hitting Fravel cruising to a 5-0 lead.
Kay showed some grit late, taking one game off Fravel. Holding serve, Fravel took the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
‘(Wednesday) I felt a little bit better with the way I played,’ Fravel said. ‘I’m not sure why, but I had some nerves today. It may be because I knew I could win. I was trying to go fast yesterday and beat the weather. I may have had more energy yesterday.’
Kay showed some aggression, especially off serve, heading quickly to the net for serve-and-volley action. Handling the pressure, Fravel was able to maintain control despite Kay’s style of play.
‘When she came to the net, most times she didn’t hit a good approach shot,’ Fravel said. ‘A lot of the times, she’d hit it right at me and I’d either have to go past her or at her. That’s how I got most of my points yesterday and today. She did better with her volleys today, so I had to work the angles more.’
With the win during the individual sectional (Providence won the four-team team regional), Fravel will head next to the Bedford North Lawrence Regional.
‘I would have rather gone here with the team because this is a team sport,’ Fravel said.
The Lady Cats narrowly lost out on a team sectional 3-2 versus Floyd Central.
‘I’m still glad at the same time because I can advance as an individual,’ Fravel said. ‘I’ve worked really hard to win a sectional either as a team or an individual. Since it’s my last year, winning it my senior year is important to me. I’ve worked so hard.’
Kay had to win a match last Tuesday, against Lanesville’s Ivy Cooke, to advance to the bout versus Fravel.
Kay ended Cooke’s season with a 6-2, 6-4 score. Cooke, a senior, trailed 4-1 in both sets before making a game of each.
Breaking Cooke’s serve to open the second set, Cooke eventually fell behind 4-1. Coming back, Cooke took two consecutive games off Kay to pull within one game, 4-3.
Going back and forth on serve, Kay eventually served out the match in game two for a 6-4 win.
Fravel advances to the Bedford North Lawrence Regional where she is expected to play on Saturday. Up first will be the Bloomington North Sectional champion with the winner moving on to face the Evansville Bosse Sectional vs. Jasper Sectional winner. The morning session will begin at 10 with the afternoon session taking place at 2. Admission is free.