Seymour sweeps Brownstown Central: Mixing up rotation pays off for Owls in county matchup

Should Brownstown Central and Seymour meet again in the postseason, one side will see an entirely different lineup.

Seymour mixed up their rotation Thursday against their Jackson County foes and came away with a 5-0 sweep against the Braves.

The Owls’ No. 1 and No. 2 singles players teamed up to play doubles, which altered almost every position in the starting lineup.

At No. 1 singles, Addie Rudge defeated Laken Reynolds in a marathon match.

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After Rudge took the opening set in a tiebreaker, Reynolds stormed back to win the next set 7-5.

In a supertiebreaker third set, neither side would budge.

Rudge finally got the edge with a break and hold of service at 15-13 in the first to 10 points, win by two, tiebreak.

At No. 2 singles, the Owls’ Katie O’Mara defeated Carly Brown 6-2, 6-3.

The Braves’ Abbie Reynolds fell to Kelli Armes 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

Megan Baurle and Hallie Crenshaw moved into the No. 1 doubles spot for the Owls in the match, topping Olivia Hackman and Rachel Adkins 6-1, 6-1.

“We did mix it up tonight to give our No. 1 and No. 2 singles a chance to play doubles before we go into the final round of the (Hoosier Hills Conference) tournament and sectional,” Owls coach Jennifer Miller said. “It was about finding a way to win and having fun, and they did.”

Rachel Collett and Grace Otte won at No. 2 doubles over Claudia Sibrel and Sydney Cockerham 6-1, 6-2.

“Our girls were fine,” Braves coach Erik Stangland said. “They have a lot to learn yet. We had one that was gone so hopefully that will make a difference next week.”

BC will play at North Harrison tonight and at Edinburgh on Monday while SHS plays for third place in the HHC today against Jeffersonville at home.

Seymour has won eight of its past nine matches.

“We got off to a rocky start with our schedule dealing with illness and injury,” Miller said. “We had to dig ourselves out of a hole there early in the season. Now that we have everyone back, 100 percent, we’ve been finding ways to win.”

The sectional draw will take place Monday at Seymour, the host school. Postseason play will commence May 17.