GHS tennis loses to Crawfordsville, 3-2

Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Greencastle number one doubles player Savannah Provine slams a shot home in Monday's match. Provine and Kayle Birt won, 7-5, 6-2.

The Greencastle girls' tennis team fell short against a tough Crawfordsville team, 2-3, Monday night at home.

Both of Greencastle's wins came at the No. 1 spots.

Kelsey Hennette overcame a bout with dehydration to defeat Alexandria Gasaway 6-4, 6-4. The match was delayed for several minutes as the Greencastle coaching staff attended to Hennette.

"Honestly, I don't think it was that big of a factor," coach Trish Lowe said regarding the heat. "Kelsey's been sick and I think the kind of over emphasized the dehydration."

In the No. 1 doubles match, Kayla Birt and Savannah Provine survived a first set scare from Crawfordsville's Christianne Siamas and Natalie Davis. Birt and Provine ultimately won 7-5, 6-2 and gave GHS its second win on the evening.

No. 2 singles player Rena Warren fell to Song Ly 6-0, 6-1 and No. 3 Emma Kaiser fell to Ariel Demoret 6-3, 6-3.

The No. 2 doubles team of Ashley Watkins and Rachel Jackson came up short against Crawfordsville's Annalise Gasaway and Haley Harman, losing 6-1, 6-1.

"I was happy with the No. 1 doubles team (Birt and Provine)," Lowe commented. "They played better then they did on Saturday. They used some good strategy they had not used."

Lowe was also impressed by her No. 1 junior varsity singles player Carol LaFoe.

"I was happy with Carol LaFoe. She lost her match, but I think, next to Kelsey's, she probably played one of the best singles matches," Lowe said.

At Greencastle

Crawfordsville 3, Greencastle 2

Singles -- Hennette (GHS) def. Gasaway (C) 6-4, 6-4; Ly (C) def. Warren (GHS) 6-0, 6-1; Demoret (C) def. Kaiser (GHS) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles -- Birt/Provine (GHS) def. Siamas/Davis (C) 7-5, 6-2; Gasaway/Harmon (C) def. Watkins/Jackson 6-1, 6-1.

Hennette wins Northview Invite

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On Saturday, Hennette captured the No. 1 singles title at the Northview Invitational Saturday. As a team, the Tiger Cubs placed third with 15 points.

Hennette defeated North Montgomery's Krish Bonebrake, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the championship round. In the championship, Hennette downed Northview's Jazmine Kellum, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 3 singles player Kaiser placed third on the day.

In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Birt and Provine made it to the championship round by defeating Linton's Keller and Yuodzukinas in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. In the finals, they fell to North Montgomery's Williams and Walkobinger 2-6, 1-6, to finish second.

Also grabbing second-place on the day, the No. 2 doubles team of Watkins and Jackson defeated Sparks and Wells from Linton, 7-5, 6-2, but ended up falling to Northview's Rentschler and Laue, 1-6, 0-6 in the championship.

Coach Trish Lowe commented on the strong play from Hennette and both of her doubles teams.

"We placed well and we know what we need to work on," coach Lowe said. "We will improve."

At Northview

Northview 22, North Montgomery 21,

Greencastle 15, Linton 2

Singles -- Hennette (GHS) - Champion, Emma Kaiser (GHS) - 3rd place.

Doubles -- Birt/Provine (GHS) - 2nd place, Watkins/Jackson 2nd place

Next match -- Greencastle will be back in action today at 4:30 against Southmont at home.

South defeats Speedway

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South Putnam's girls tennis team scored a big win Monday night by defeating Speedway, 5-0, at home.

"The varsity and junior varsity played some awesome tennis," coach Johnnie Briones commented.

No. 1 singles player Shelley Douglass made quick work of her match against Claire Moorman, winning 6-2, 6-3. Whitney Warren also won in No. 2 singles against Kacia Nolan, 6-3, 6-2.

The most dominating performance on the night was from No. 3 singles player Elizabeth Mink. She blanked Danielle Endnes 6-0, 6-0 to complete the singles sweep for South Putnam.

In doubles action, the No. 1 doubles team of Chelsea Clark and Samantha Callahan defeated Ayla Heffehn and Kelsey Roband 6-7, 6-3, 6-0. Also grabbing a victory for South was the No. 2 doubles team of Megan Criss and Cassie Davis. They defeated Jamee Cassaday and Heather Pappas 6-1, 6-1.

At South Putnam

South Putnam 5, Speedway 0

Singles -- Douglass (SP) def. Moorman (S) 6-2, 6-3; Warren (SP) def. Nolan 6-3, 6-2; Mink (SP) def. Endnes (S) 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles -- Clark/Callahan (SP) def. Heffehn/Roband (S) 6-7, 6-3, 6-3; Criss/Davis (SP) def. Cassaday/Pappas (S) 6-1, 6-1.

Next match -- South will host the Northview Knights Monday at 4:30

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