Braves get revenge against Warriors in sectional opener

When the draw for the girls Seymour Sectional Tennis Tournament was announced Monday night, one coach who was pleased was Brownstown Central’s Erik Stangland.

Even though the Braves lost to Scottsburg 3-2 on April 23, Stangland wanted another match with the Warriors.

He said he felt confident the Braves could win, and the Braves won their first sets 6-3 at the four positions they posted wins and went on to a 4-1 victory.

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“We knew it would be close, and we were confident we matched up really well with Scottsburg,” Stangland said. “We thought we should have had a couple spots that were closer last time, and obviously we pulled out two other spots to get the win.

“We knew they were down a player, and we wanted to make sure that we won someplace else so that it was completely legit. The girls finally came over that hump and got it. That was really nice to see.”

The schedule for today has Brownstown (11-6) facing Trinity Lutheran (5-11), and Seymour (11-6) playing Austin. Both matches will start at 4:45 p.m.

The Braves defeated the Cougars 5-0 on April 16. The Owls did not face the Eagles during the regular season.

Stangland said it was nice to see No. 1 singles, Olivia Hackman, and his No. 2 doubles team of Abbie Reynolds and Hannah Hackman win their three-set matches after losing the second sets.

Olivia Hackman topped Kinley Harmon 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, while Reynolds and Hannah Hackman were 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 winners over Brinley Soloe and Lendsey Pfaffenbach.

“No. 2 doubles just did not get together in that second set,” Stangland said. “It wasn’t the same team that was out there the first set, then they came out and played even better than the first set. That was good to see. That was probably the first time I’ve really seen them play like they should, so that was a good win at two doubles, probably the best one we’ve had this year.”

Riley Roberts topped Elle Fleenor 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, while Rachel Adkins and Carly Brown defeated Eliza Mount and Kloe Lewis 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 doubles.

“Our ground strokes were much better tonight,” Stangland said. “The serving was up and down. When we were down with our ground strokes we were down with the serve, so some of those games were just lost love 40. Then the next game we’d come back and battle and win. Becoming more consistent is what we really need.”

Stangland said Maggie Hogan’s serving problems hurt her in a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Lyla Waskom at No. 2 singles.

“Maggie had some really good ground strokes, but she struggled with her serve tonight and just could never get going with that, so that really hurt her from being able to do anything in her match. Everybody else was close, but they were able to get the job done,” Stangland said.

“Tonight we were the better team, and that’s nice to be able to say. We haven’t won many first-round matches, so we feel confident going into (today) that we can get another win. Even two wins at the sectional is an accomplishment for us. If we got that third one it would be the first time in a quite a while.”

The finals are scheduled for Friday with the sectional champion advancing to the Bloomington Regional.