Owls fly past Madison Shawe in semis



Madison Shawe ended up with its lineup depleted after several of the girls were suspended for reasons unknown.

Regardless of whatever lineup Shawe put out there, Seymour dominated right from the start. The Owls only dropped five total games as a team, en route to a 5-0 victory in the girls regional tennis semifinals.

Seymour now moves on to face Columbus North, who defeated Bloomington North in the other semifinal matchup 4-1.

Seymour coach Jennifer Miller says her team can’t afford to make a lot of mistakes playing against one of the top teams in the state.

“(Columbus North) is very strong at their singles positions,” Miller said. “We have to come out and play our best match of the season to be able to compete and steal some points.”

At No. 1 singles, Hallie Crenshaw defeated Katrena Gobert 6-1, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, Megan Baurle topped Cayden Hambrick 6-0, 6-1.

At No. 3 singles, Kelli Armes earned the shutout win over Desiny Stivers 6-0, 6-0.

Addie Rudge and Katie O’Mara downed Carson Hambrick and Olivia Kelley 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, another shutout occurred as Rachel Collett and Grace Otte won over Chloe Le and Caroline Grote 6-0, 6-0.

“Despite the lineup change, the girls knew they were going to have to come out and play consistently and make smart choices on their ball placement and have strong serves,” Miller said. “They did that tonight. Shawe battled and took a couple games in some positions, but our girls knew we have to compete in order to reach the finals.”

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