Owls sweep sectional foe at home

In 2018, Seymour High School’s girls tennis program had a six-year sectional championship streak come to an end.

In 2019, the Owls plan on returning to form. They aim to claim the school’s 20th crown.

The Owls beat last spring’s 2018 sectional champs, Scottsburg, 5-0 Monday in a non-conference match.

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“The girls have been really dedicated. They were ready to play tonight,” Owls coach Jan Fenton said. “I thin we have a pretty deep team.”

Kirby Hill came off the courts first for the Owls, defeating Kloe Lewis 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3 singles position.

Following Peyton Levine’s 6-2, 6-2 No. 2 singles victory over Kaytie Ray, the No. 2 doubles team of Madalyn Baurle and Avery Ragon dug deep to clinch the match.

After taking the first set 6-2, the Owls trailed Elle Fleenor and Lindsey Pfiansack 5-2 in the second set. Baurle and Ragon stormed all the way back to take the set by winning the next five games.

The No. 1 singles and doubles matches both went to three sets.

Sandra Cerino rallied to post a 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 win over Lyla Waskom in singles while Mallory Moore and Kristina Griffin won a 6-4, 2-6 7-6 (4) marathon match in doubles.

The No. 1 doubles match lasted over 2.5 hours.

Fenton said both of the three-setters showed mental toughness.

“For us, we’ve been working on mental focus,” Fenton said. “We’ve been fighting through it. I think we’re also becoming more of a team. While tennis is an individual sport, the girls have been supporting each other more as a team. I think that really helped tonight.”

The Owls have a young team this year, as they started just one senior against the Warriors.

This season, the Owls have a clear list of goals fromthe start.

“We want to come back and win sectional. We want to move on,” Fenton said. “We want to play, some of the teams we lost to last year, tougher. This season, we’ve gotten a lot more matches in early in the year. We’ve had some really great wins over Silver Creek and Jeffersonville.”

Seymour (4-3) travels to Columbus East Thursday.