Seymour rallies to regional victory

By James Pence | For The Tribune

BLOOMINGTON

Seymour’s girls tennis team trailed 2-1 and Greensburg had all the momentum, but the Owls made one final charge.

Seymour came back in the No. 3 singles match and won the deciding point at No. 2 doubles for a 3-2victory in Tuesday’s regional semifinal at Bloomington South High School.

Seymour moves on to face Columbus North, which were 5-0 winners over Bloomington South in the other match last night. The championship match is slated for 6 p.m. today.

In the decider at No. 2 doubles, Seymour’s Madalyn Baurle and Avery Ragon won the first set 6-4, but lost the second set to Greensburg’s Claudia Westhafer and and Aliyah Evans 6-1. Baurle and Ragon came back to win the third set 6-4.

“They came back. We were moving our feet and being confident in our stroke,” Seymour coach Jan Fenton said of her No. 2 doubles team. “I think it definitely helped us in that final set.”

Another tough match for the Owls came at No. 3 singles where Seymour’s Kirby Hill battled in a first set to win 7-6 (6), and then cruised in the second set 6-3 against the Pirates’ Ellie Acra.

At No. 1 doubles, Seymour’s Mallory Moore and Kristina Griffin topped Greensburg’s Kirsten Fong and Sarah Schneider 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 1 singles, Seymour’s Sandra Cerino dropped a 6-1, 6-1 match to Greensburg’s Raegan Rigney. At No. 2 singles, Seymour’s Peyton Levine fell 6-3, 6-1 to Greensburg’s Bailey Menkedick.

Now Seymour faces Columbus North, who is one of the top teams in the state and will be the underdog going into today’s match.

“We know that they’re a great team,” Fenton said. “We just have to play our best and give it our all. We’re excited to win sectional and win a regional match. We’ll do what we can.”