The South Putnam girls' tennis team took a tough defeat Monday night at home when it fell to Northview, 5-0. South's record fell to 5-3. Although losing every varsity match was a bit discouraging to coach John Briones and the Eagles, the coach stayed positive in defeat.
"They gave me 100 percent today," he said.
Briones said Northview is a tough opponent with a strong winning tradition. It has always been a challenge for his squads when they play the Knights.
"I knew they (Northview) would be tough. I didn't know they would be this tough," Briones said.
"Every time we play Northview, we're a little nervoues," he added. "They always comes ready to play."
Briones said his girls likely suffered from having not practiced on Friday due to the weather. The three days off, as opposed to the Knights, who competed in a Saturday tournament, showed in the sharpness of play.
All five losses came in straight sets. The coach particularly felt for number 2 singles, Whitney Warren. The junior had been undefeated before Monday. She is now 6-1.
"I was sad to see her suffer her firs loss," Briones said. "She's a great kid. She'll bounce back."
The Eagle s return to the courts Wednesday when they host South Vermillion at 4:30 p.m. This match is one that was delayed earlier in the year due to weather. The match actually started on the originally scheduled date, and Briones said he liked the way his girls matched up with the Wildcats.
The consistency of play from his team as well as its attitude has the coach pleased.
"Our girls are playing really consistently, really well," he said.
"One encouraging thing is our girls are hoping they draw Northview in sectional. That says a lot about these girls. I think all our varsity players think they can do better," Briones said.
In the end, a tough loss did not discourage Briones all that much. He likes his team and knows they will continued to play hard.
"I can't complain. We're at 5-3. The season's going really well."
At South Putnam
Northview 5, South Putnam 0
Singles -- Jazmine Kellum (Nv) def. Shelley Douglass (SP) 6-3, 6-0; Allie Melega (Nv) def. Whitney Warren (SP) 6-1, 6-2; Kayla Cooper (Nv) def. Elizabeth Mink (SP) 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles -- Nikki Mogan/Ali Rentschler (Nv) def. Chelsea Clark/ Samantha Callahan (SP) 6-4, 6-3; Chelsea Mershom/Cari Laire (Nv) def. Cassie Davis/Megan Criss (SP) 6-1, 6-4.
Junior Varsity Results
Singles -- Bonnie Froderman (Nv) def. Kaila Kirkman (SP) 9-8, Tabitha Arnold (SP) def. Allison Stearly (Nv) 9-8, Andrea James (Nv) def. Ashley Ross (SP) 8-4, Kaley Huffman (Nv) def. Megan Klotz (SP) 8-5, Mallory Heffner (Nv) def. Kyley Brown (SP) 8-1.
Doubles -- Lauren Roberger/ Hannah Pond (Nv) def. Jessica Minor/Abbie Trauner (SP) 8-1, Spring Raines/Olivia Kumpf (Nv) def. Madison Tudor/ Kaitlynn Nissen (SP) 8-1, Sarah Bunch/Chloe Burdette (Nv) def. Kirkman/Brown (SP) 6-2; Tudor/Nissen (SP) def. Emily Chiles/Carli Conhanower (Nv) 6-3, Arnold/Ross (SP) def. Conner Renoehle/Allyssa Clark (Nv) 6-3, Minor/Trauner (SP) def. Kylee Williams/Sheila Spencer (Nv) 6-4.
Next Match -- South Putnam hosts South Vermillion at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
COUNTY TENNIS ROUNDUP
Tiger Cubs edge West Vigo
WEST TERRE HAUTE -- On Monday, the Greencastle girls' tennis squad picked up a victory on the road against West Vigo, 3-2.
"This was a typical Monday match," GHS coach Trish Lowe said. "We have had some illness and some drama to remind us what is important."
At No. 1 singles, Kelsey Hennette knocked off Taylor Brown, 6-1, 6-1, but the Tiger Cubs lost both No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
However, in doubles action, Greencastle's No. 1 tandem of Kayla Birt and Savannah Provine beat Megan Jackson and Chelsy Brown, 6-1, 6-2, while the GHS No. 2 duo of Kristen Flint and Emma Kaiser defeated Kristina Price and Breanna Marrs, 7-8 (1-7), 6-2, 6-3.
"We really thank our No. 2 doubles team of Emma and Kristen for stepping up," Lowe said. "Kelsey and Kayla and Savannah did their thing giving us the 3-2 win."
In junior varsity competition, Greencastle won, 5-3.
The Tiger Cubs got a win at No. 2 singles where Jordan Karch defeated Ashley Kennedy, 8-2.
In doubles play, Greencastle's No. 1 team of Rachel Jackson and Briana Martin won, 8-2, while the No. 2 duo of Katie Collins and Jordan Karch won, 8-2. At No. 3 doubles, Bridget Tucker and Brittany Elliot won, 8-5, and the No. 4 team of Melissa Ball and Hilary Schroeder won, 8-4.
Greencastle hosts Rockville today at 4:30 p.m.
At West Terre Haute
Greencastle 3, West Vigo 2
Singles -- Hennette (GHS) def. Brown (WV) 6-1, 6-1; Holscher (WV) def. Warren (GHS) 7-5, 6-2; Brown (WV) def. Merrell (GHS) 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles -- Birt/Provine (GHS) def. Jackson/Brown (WV) 6-1, 6-2; Flint/Kaiser (GHS) def. Price/Marrs (WV) 7-8 (1-7), 6-2, 6-3.
Greencastle 5, West Vigo 3
Singles -- Clifford (WV) def. Babington (GHS) 8-5; Karch (GHS) def. Kennedy (WV) 8-2; McCarty (WV) def. Holmes (GHS) 8-4.
Doubles -- Jackson/Martin (GHS) def. Marrs/Vines (WV) 8-2; Collins/Karch (GHS) def. Garcia/McCormick (WV) 8-2; Tucker/Elliott (GHS) def. Osborn/Ross (WV) 8-5; Ball/Schroeder (GHS) def. Wyrick/Mann (WV) 8-4; Kennedy/McCarty (WV) def. Kean/Moore (GHS) 6-0.
Next Match -- The Tiger Cubs face Rockville at home today at 4:30 p.m.