The Hoosier Hills Conference title defense commenced as planned for Seymour’s girls tennis team on Wednesday, as they defeated Madison 5-0.
Both doubles spot, and the Owls’ No. 1 singles player, finished their matches in under an hour to secure the victory.
At No. 2 doubles, the Owls’ Addie Rudge and Katie O’Mara made quick work of Sydney Poling and Claire Lostutter in a double-bagel win.
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The No. 1 doubles team of Emma Wood and Lindsey Hume came off the courts next, defeating Annie Marsh and Emma Staicer 6-0, 6-1.
Hallie Crenshaw took No. 1 singles against the Cubs’ Anna Bruns 6-1, 6-0.
“We played Madison less than two week ago so we knew what we were facing going into the match,” Owls coach Jennifer Miller said. “Both doubles went into the match making as few errors as possible. They wanted to be off the court quickly knowing that we have (potentially) two tough matches ahead of us.”
The Owls’ Megan Baurle claimed a 6-3, 6-2 match over Riley Boone.
French foreign exchange student Lou-Anne Horaru battled at No. 3 singles with the Cubs’ Maddie Robinson.
Despite trailing 3-2, Horaru fought back to take the opening set at 6-4.
Horaru trailed again in the second set, at 2-1, but rattled off five straight games to emerge on top.
“(Horaru) worked for it, and it’s really good for her to get this win,” Miller said. “Last time we played, she lost in three sets against (Robinson). For her to get the win is a good confidence booster for her.”
Today, the Owls (11-3) are scheduled to play at Columbus East in the HHC semifinals.
On May 14, the Owls downed East 4-1 on their home courts.
However, the Olympians were without their No. 1 singles standout Megna Chari in that match.
Miller said that Seymour will see a much different lineup this time around, and will have to come ready from the start.
“Hallie will have to play a very strong match with few mistakes (at No 1 singles),” she said. “Her serve will have to be on. Their other singles will shift back down and we don’t know how we will match up at No. 2 and No. 3. It will be a good match for us, we just need to play smart to win.”