Owls swept by North

Looking to spoil Seymour’s home opener and avenge a season opening loss, No. 14 Columbus North didn’t look to hold back.

The Bull Dogs left Seymour unblemished, sweeping for a 5-0 win against the Owls in a rescheduled match Friday.

Thursday’s regularly scheduled match was postponed due to rain.

At No. 1 singles, North’s Aubrey Smith didn’t give up a game in the opening set before taking the second 6-2 against Megan Baurle.

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With a 6-1, 6-0 victory against the Owls’ Katie O’Mara, Madelyn Sanders claimed the No. 2 singles spot.

Yijiang Zhao mirrored Sanders’ score, defeating Kelli Armes 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.

No. 1 doubles proved the tightest match, as North’s Ellen Carson and Shweta Srinivasan won the first set 6-1 before dropping the second 6-4 to the Owls’ Marie Armes and Maddie Pifer.

In a third set 10-point super tiebreaker, Carson and Srinivasan came out on top at 10-4.

North’s Servane Cloteaux and Eva Chevalier defeated Rachel Collett and Kristina Griffin 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

The Owls were without two normal varsity starters, who were both out due to illness.

“We had a completely different lineup tonight than what we had on Tuesday (against Jeffersonville),” Owls coach Jennifer Miller said. “Three of the girls didn’t know what position they were playing until today. They came out with positive attitudes and won some points where they could.

Columbus North is definitely an experienced team coming back. They definitely showed why they are ranked highly ranked tonight.”

The Owls moved to 1-1 on the season with the loss.

“It’s good to play tough teams in the beginning to gauge where we’re at and where we need to work,” Miller said. “We saw some things tonight that we need to address in practice. They’re a regional opponent that we hope to see again later in the season, and our lineup will be completely different should we meet again. It was a good start.”

Today, the Owls will play in a tournament at Bloomington North.