The Greencastle girls' tennis team slipped past Southmont 3-2 Tuesday night, with the match coming down to the No. 2 singles matchup.
The Tiger Cubs Marta Torre was coming off an injury but roared back after losing her first set 4-6 to capture the win. She won the second set 6-4 and the third 6-1 to secure the victory for the Tiger Cubs.
"When you try to create things, if you're the aggressor, and you try to force points, sometimes it backfires," GHS head coach Trish Lowe explained. "Sometimes when a player is content to sit back and just get the ball in play, it forces the other person to try to be aggressive. I like to think we try to be aggressive.
At No. 1 singles, Kelsey Hennette remains a perfect 7-0 after downing the Mounties Ashley Richardson 6-3 and 6-1.
Kate Babbington struggled at No. 3 singles for GHS, as she dropped her contest with Aubrey Gillology 3-6 and 3-6.
The No. 1 doubles duo of Savanna Provine and Carol LaFoe made short work of Southmont's Whaller and Rush, picking up the victory 6-1 and 6-1. Kristen Flint and Emma Kaiser struggled to find their game throughout the match in the No. 2 doubles. After winning the first set 7-6 (7-3), they lost the two remaining sets 6-2 and 6-1.
The results for the GHS doubles teams were like night and day, but Lowe saw areas improvement for both squads.
"I think No. 1 doubles won easily and Savannah had an awesome serve, but their ground strokes were not pretty. Flint and Kaiser seemed to be battling from behind the whole time," she said.
Picking up singles wins for the GHS junior varsity squad was Aubrey Merrell, Chelsea Samuels and Hilary Schroeder. In doubles, Katie Collins, Bridget Tucker, Brooke Buckner and Katrina Woody all picked up wins.
Greencastle 3, Southmont 2
Singles -- Hennette (GHS) vs. Richardson (S), 6-3, 6-1; Torre (GHS) def. Wheeler (S) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; Gillology (S) def. Babington (GHS) 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles --LaFoe/Provine (GHS) def. Rush/Whaller (S) 6-1, 6-1; Moore/WIninger (S) def. Flint/Kaiser (GHS) 6-7 (7-3), 6-2, 6-1.
Crawfordsville 4, Greencastle 2
Singles --Merrell (GHS) def. Dossett (S) 9-8 (7-5); Samuels (GHS) def. Fisher 8-2; Southmont #3 (S) def. Farris (GHS) 8-5, Schroeder (GHS) def. Lichtenwalter 8-3;
Doubles -- Collins/Tucker (GHS) def. Keller/Powell (S) 8-4. Rippey/Bowman (S) def. Elliott/Kean (GHS) 8-3; Ames/Basey (S) def. Homes/Kenney (GHS) 8-6; Buckner/Woody (GHS) def. Farris/Arts (S) 8-5.
Next match -- Greencastle will host North Montgomery at 4:30 p.m. today.