Owls fall close against No. 17 Columbus North


For The Tribune

Tough competition can bring out the best in athletes, and the Seymour tennis team knew they had to be at their best Thursday against a tough Columbus North squad — ranked 17th in the state.

In a match that started one hour late due to lightning strikes, and a game that had high winds the first hour, the 28th-ranked Owls fared well, even without last year’s number one player Emma Wood, who is out with a broken collarbone.

The Owls ended up losing 3-2 in a match that wasn’t decided until the No. 1 doubles team of Karen Dringenburg and Lindsey Hume fell in a close match.

“It could have gone either way, and the drop in the level of intensity got us there at the end,” Seymour coach Jennifer Miler said.

At No. 1 singles Julia Adam lost 6-3, 6-2 and second singles Marley Vehslage fell 6-1, 6-0.

Then the Owls’ Kennedy Richart won at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-4 to bring Seymour within 2-1.

“It’s hard to replicate in practice the intensity that a team like Columbus North brings, so we’ve got to get that going,” Miller said. “This is Julia’s first time playing a tennis match here in the U.S., so this was a good motivator, because she saw what her opponent is capable of doing.”

At No. 1 doubles, Dringenburg and Hume battled winning the first set 6-3, and dropping the second set 3-6, then went to six straight deuces in the 7th game of the set before falling 6-2.

At two doubles, Hallie Crenshaw and Megan Baurle won 8-6, 2-6, and 6-4, to give North a 3-2 victory.

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