Braves, Cougars battle in semis and Owls get rained out


Brownstown Central’s tennis team edged Trinity Lutheran 3-2 in the Seymour Sectional semifinals Thursday afternoon.

The Braves (12-6) will play the winner of the Seymour-Austin match that will be completed at 4:45 this afternoon. That match was suspended because of rain, with the Owls holding a 2-1 lead.

Brownstown coach Erik Stangland said the key point for the Braves came from Abbie Reynolds and Hannah Hackman at No. 2 doubles, as they edged Katelyn Mensendiek and Bekah Brown 7-5, 6-2.

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“No. 2 doubles was 7-5 in the first set, and it seemed to be really close,” Stangland said. “It looked like it was too close and then all of a sudden they were up 5-2 and just struggled to finish that game, but they got it done so it’s a little more confidence building.”

The other BC points came from Olivia Hackman at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Abby Schult, and No. 1 doubles team of Rachel Adkins and Carly Brown, 6-1, 6-2 over Lauren Fleetwood and Cassidy Burnside.

“One singles came off with a good win, and one doubles played well enough to win,” Stangland said. “I would like to see them just a little bit smarter on their shots and placement, but we’ll take the win and move onto the finals.”

Trinity’s points were earned by Sarah Lemming at No. 2 singles by a 6-0, 6-1 score over Maggie Hogan, and Regan Cain 6-0, 6-1 over Chelsey Luedeman.

“I’m very happy with the way they played,” Cougars coach Mark Voss said. “Sarah, at No. 2, and Regan, at No. 3, really played very, very well, took care of business like they needed to. Abby played really, really well. She was up against a really good opponent. One doubles played really well. We just couldn’t get it in sync when we needed to get it in sync to close out a point. It was kind of the same situation on two doubles.

“The scoreboard doesn’t really show how close we were in each and every point. We couldn’t close out our points and that’s kind of been our story all year, why our record is 5-12 and not .500. We just couldn’t close out points at the end of games. It could have went the other way but it didn’t for us tonight. That’s O.K., they played their hearts out.”

Seymour’s points came from Mallory Moore and Kristina Griffin 6-1, 6-0 over Jessica Spencer and Claurice Goodin, and Avery Ragon and Madalyn Baurle with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kendra Allen and Mayci Furnish.

Austin’s Jalen Coomer defeated Sandra Cerino 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Seymour’s Kirby Hill and Austin’s Caitlyn Royalty were early in their third set after splitting the first two, and Peyton Levin and Sarah Robbins were late in their second set when the lightening came.

The sectional finals will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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