Owls move on to regional final



The Seymour girls tennis team will have its shot to advance to the semistate tournament.

With a 5-0 victory against Shawe Memorial on Tuesday, the Owls will get a rematch with Columbus North today in the Bloomington North Regional championship.

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Lou-Anne Hoarau came off the courts first for the Owls by defeating Katerna Govert 6-2, 6-3 for the No. 3 singles spot.

At No. 2 singles, Megan Baurle battled back in the first set before coming away with a 7-5, 6-1 win against the Hilltoppers’ Megan Hill.

Baurle trailed 5-4 in the opening set before storming back to take the match’s momentum.

The No. 2 doubles team of Addie Rudge and Katie O’Mara picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win against Jenna Armstrong and Carson Hanbrick to punch the Owls’ ticket to the championship round.

“I think that Lou-Anne really played well after her first couple games,” Owls coach Jennifer Miller said. “All of the girls came in a little nervous. I thought Lou-Anne had solid groundstrokes, and her strokes were well thought out. Megan really controlled her match after coming back in the first set. They weren’t the two spots we thought would come off the courts quickly.”

Seymour seniors Lindsey Hume and Emma Wood won their first set against Kate Grote and Megan Hesse 7-2 in a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles.

The Owls tandem then finished off their match 6-2 in the second set.

Hallie Crenshaw battled for her match at No. 1 singles, emerging victorious at 7-5, 6-4 against Shawe’s Claire Higgins.

Miller said the Owls faced a tough test despite the final score.

“Their coaches came and watched us last night. They’ve been very strong across their singles all season,” Miller said. “Their girls came out ready to compete and gave a good showing. Give a lot of credit to them for how they competed.”

The Owls (14-5) fell to Columbus North 3-2 in a match April 25 in Columbus.

Miller said the doubles teams competed well then, and if her team can pick up one or two singles wins, the Owls will have a shot at a semistate berth at Jasper on Saturday.

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