THE TABLE IS SET: Owls, Warriors to meet in sectional championship


Seymour and Scottsburg advanced to the finals of the Seymour girls tennis sectional as a result of winning their semifinal matches on Thursday.

Seymour scored a 4-1 victory over Trinity Lutheran, while Scottsburg topped Brownstown Central by the same score.

The Owls (8-7) will face the Warriors (19-4) at 4:45 p.m. today. Scottsburg defeated Seymour 4-1 at Scottsburg on April 10.

“I think throughout our season we’ve just gotten better and are more confident in our strokes and our skills, and even strategy, and I think we’ll be excited to play a strong game. We look for a great match,” Owls coach Jan Fenton said.

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Trinity’s point on Thursday came from Courtney Barker at No. 1 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Grace Otte.

“(Barker) had a really nice match today,” Cougars coach Mark Voss said. “She had a great game plan and executed it beautifully. I couldn’t be more happy the way she played for herself. She was staying in the point longer than the other girl.

“Grace Otte is a pretty good player. She just made a few more mistakes today than I think she usually makes. We just try to hit them where we think they’re the weakest.”

The Owls swept the other positions in straight sets as Sandra Cerino topped Abby Schult 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Peyton Levine was a 6-0, 6-0 winner against Lauren Voss at No. 3 singes, Kristina Griffin and Madison Pifer teamed up at No. 1 doubles for a 6-1, 6-1 win over Macey Prewitt and Lauren Fleetwood, and Mallory Moore and Avery Ragon defeated Katelyn Mensendiek and Cassidy Burnside 6-1, 6-0 at No 2 doubles.

“I think they did a great job being ready and coming out strong,” Fenton said. “I think our serves were aggressive and were pretty consistent today, which was helpful.

“With placement, they did an overall good job, and in doubles using angles, and singles moving the ball around.”

Coach Voss said, ‘”I would say overall they served better than we did. They scored a lot of points off serves today. If we could get past the return of the first serve we could stay in the point and battle with them. They were just overpowering with the first serve on us today.”

The Cougars ended the season at 5-10.

“We were deep into points,” Voss said. “We just couldn’t score the overall point to get the game or the set. I’m proud of all the girls the way they played this year. We’ve had a really good year. They’ve improved so much throughout the year, every single one of them, even the JV team. Scores don’t indicate how well they play sometimes.”

Laken Reynolds defeated Kaytie Ray 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles for the Brownstown’s point. Scottsburg’s regular No. 1 singles player was ill and not able to play.

“Laken was playing a sub,” BC coach Erik Stangland said. “She knew what was going on and she didn’t play down to the level of the player so she was quick and finished the match really well.”

In the No. 2 doubles match, Scottsburg’s Kinley Harmone and Lindsey Pfaffenbach split sets with Sydney Cockerham and Abbie Reynolds, 6-4, 4-6, and the Warriors held a 4-2 lead in the third set when the match was stopped by rain.

When the match resumed, Harmone and Pfaffenbach won 6-3.

Stangland said his doubles team did a good job.

“I didn’t get to see much of the doubles teams because I was down with the singles,” he said. It sure looked like we played fairly well, and they have a really good No, 1 doubles team.”

He said Cockerham and Reynolds lost in straight sets Monday “and we’re watching them play a real competitive third set (today) so that’s great.”

In the other matches, Lila Waskom topped Olivia Waskom 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, Hannah Brown defeated Maggie Hogan 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, and Leah Hunefeld and Eliza Mount topped Rachel Adkins and Carly Brown 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles.

“Olivia’s match was disappointing,” Stangland said. “She got down on a couple calls and was frustrated. I blame myself for not having her call for a line judge earlier. That was my mistakes. I should have supported her a little bit more. She battled and battled. She just couldn’t get the shots to fall.

“We know she can beat the girl, so next year it’s going to be another battle. Maggie played really well. She went from not getting too many points in the first set Monday to getting some games out of her and to be able to come back and have a little lead for a little while is awfully nice to see.”

The winner of the Seymour Sectional will advance to the Bloomington North Regional Tuesday. Also advancing will be Reynolds, Barker and Austin’s Jaylen Coomer because they won their matches in the sectional.

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