Gibson Southern and Princeton Community tennis girls will play at 5 p.m. today to decide who is No. 1 in Princeton?s team sectional, after No. 1 doubles teams clinched Thursday’s semi-final wins.
Shelby Braselton and Lexie Birch scored Gibson Southern?s third point in a 5-0 win over Wood Memorial as they beat Kennedy Wilkerson and Madelynn Boyd, 6-1, 6-0. Kloe Key and Syerra York scored Princeton’s third point in a 5-0 win over Tecumseh as they beat
Allison Lochmüller and Samantha Clark, 6-1, 6-0.
Gibson Southern, which moved up one notch to No. 22 in this week’s Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association statewide poll, will take a 16-4 season record into the match that will decide who advances to the Evansville Bosse Team Regional starting Tuesday at Evansville North.
Princeton stands 7-14. Both records include the Titans’ 4-1 midseason win.
“We tried to hit the ball the ball like we know how, and keep the pace,” Braselton said of the Titans’ clinching point.
“This feels accomplishing and exciting,” said Birch.
“We stayed out of our heads and were mentally sharp. And we stayed aggressive,” York said.
“Syerra and I played like a team, more so than ever before,” said Key.
Gibson Southern’s singles sweep started with Cori Jones? 6-2, 6-0, win over Cory Plug at No. 1, and Sami Purcell?s 6-3, 6-2, win over Hannah Thacker at No. 2.
The day’s longest match came at three singles, where Wood Memorial’s Adison Stone forced a third set before the Lady Titans’ Sydney Goedde prevailed 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3.
Rachel Jones and Hannah Reinbrecht won 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles from Sabrina Lindy and Alison Stone.
Princeton’s Emma Aunt beat Breah Bailey, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 1 singles.
Brooke Shafer topped Layne Pemberton, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 2, while Rachel Stiles beat Malinda Monday, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, at No. 3 by winning the second set’s last five games.
Lady Tigers Halle Foree and Krislynn Waters, at No. 2 doubles, beat Abigail Richardt and Katie Tooley, 6-3, 6-2.
“Friday's match will be tough. Matt will have his team ready,” said Gibson Southern Coach Kyle DeBord, whose Lady Titans eye their ninth straight team sectional title.
“We can't have a ton of unforced errors. And we must volley,” said Moade.
If a No. 1 singles player and No. 1 doubles duo win while their team loses, they’ll advance to singles and doubles sectional play at Evansville North