For The Tribune
The Seymour girls tennis team is running on all cylinders.
Despite sitting No. 1 singles Julia Adam out of the rotation, the Owls still won all five matches in straight sets against visiting Jennings County on Monday.
The Owls won 5-0 on senior night, moving their record to 12-2 on the season.
The only losses this season have been to ranked teams in close matches (3-2).
“The girls came out and played well,” Owls coach Nathan Otte said. “We had three long matches on Saturday, so we had a short turnaround, but we had a lot of energy, especially the seniors.”
Senior Marley Vehslage wasted little time at No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 6-0.
At No. 3 singles, senior Kennedy Richart made it look easy, blanking her opponent 6-0, 6-0.
“Marley took care of business at No. 1 singles, and it was good to see Kennedy had a great match at No. 3 singles,” Otte said.
At No. 2 singles, sophomore Hallie Crenshaw won 6-0, 6-3.
“She put away some winners, to put the (second) match away,” Otte said. “That was good experience for Hallie, to put the points away. It was a tougher opponent than she’s used to seeing.”
At No. 1 doubles, senior Karen Dringenburg and Emma Wood reunited to blank their opponent 6-0, 6-0.
“It was the first time that Emma and Karen had played together since last season, and I thought they looked better tonight than they did at the end of last season,” Otte said.
Also playing doubles together for the first time this season were junior Lindsey Hume and sophomore Megan Baurle.
“It took them awhile to get back in sync (from playing together in 2014), but they looked aggressive and became a really strong combination as well,” Otte said. “Lindsey stepped up and took the leadership role.”
The Owls have some tough competition ahead with the Hoosier Hills Conference next week and sectionals the following week, so they are resting their eight-player rotation when possible.