The Gibson Southern High School Lady Titans tennis team won their eighth straight sectional title on Thursday, defeating the Wood Memorial High School Lady Trojans in the finals, 5-0.
“Each one is precious,” said Lady Titans head coach Kyle DeBord. “There are a lot of programs that never get a chance to win one. I never got a chance to sniff a sectional championship. It means a lot to provide these girls with a chance to excel and they do it. They go out on the court and take care of business.”
The day started off with the conclusion of semifinal play after the matches were postponed on Wednesday evening due to rain.
The Lady Titans had already clinched a spot in the sectional finals, up 4-0 over Princeton Community High School but finished off No. 2 doubles action, with a 6-2, 6-3 victory to win 5-0 and end the Lady Tigers Season.
“Gibson Southern has a very nice squad,” said Lady Tigers head coach Matt Moade. “They are four seniors strong in doubles. Many of our games went to deuce multiple times. We’ve got something to work with over the summer here.
“It was a solid season,” Moade added. “We lost a few matches that we shouldn’t have, but we probably won a few that we shouldn’t have, too. We’ll work on consistency over the summer. I’m proud of the seniors and all the hard work they’ve put into it and I’m going to miss them. We’ll start again here in a couple of weeks.”
The Lady Trojans were down 2-1 when play was stopped and both doubles teams were in action. The No. 1 doubles team won in three sets 7-6 (9), 3-6, 6-4 and the No. 2 doubles team won 6-2, 6-2 to clinch a spot in the sectional finals.
“We were tickled pink that we got into the finals,” said Lady Trojans head coach Dan Bolin. “It was a solid match. We were pleased with that. My doubles team both beat Tecusmeh earlier this year and we were happy to win at No. 2 singles. Cori played well and won in three sets.”
In the sectional championship game, the Lady Titans dominated their way to a 5-0 victory.
At No. 1 singles, Rachel Jones defeated Katie Thacker 6-1, 6-0 and Shelby Braselton won 6-2, 6-1 over Cori Pflug at No. 2 singles.
At No. 3 singles, Cori Jones won 6-0, 6-1 over Lady Trojan Taylor Andis.
In doubles action, the No. 1 duo of Camille Greenwell and Arielle Graper won 6-0, 6-0 over Cassidy Saulmon and Kennedy Wilkerson while the No. 2 doubles team of Katie Scott and Hayley Doty won 6-0, 6-1 over Adison Stone and Hannah Thacker.
“Gibson Southern is very good,” Bolin said. We knew what we were up against.
“I’m quite happy with how the season ended,” Bolin added. “We finished with seven wins, which is four more than we had last year. That’s a good improvement and we’re looking to improve next year. We’ve got a young team with a bunch of sophomores and a freshman that’s going to be pretty good. I think we’ll have a good year next season.”
The Lady Titans continue their season on May 23 at Evansville Central High School for regional semifinal play against an opponent to be determined.
“We’ve got to take it one match at a time,” DeBord said. “It isn’t going to be easy. Everybody is good at that level and we’re going to do our best to bring back a regional to Gibson County, which is something that has yet to be done.”