One of, if not the strongest teams in Jackson County isn’t found on the diamond or track — but on the tennis courts.
The Seymour girls tennis team’s 2015 campaign hasn’t been anything short of superb.
Since April 11, the Owls (14-2) have won 12-straight matches, including the Shelbyville and Providence tournaments and a second-place finish at the Bloomington invite.
The Owls have won 12 matches by 5-0 margins and two matches at 4-1.
How’s that for dominant?
Their season-opening loss was to Columbus North 3-2, while the other loss came to powerhouse Bloomington North 5-0 in tourney play.
It’s not just one player who’s getting it done for the Owls.
Across the board, the team has seen consistency from a mix of players.
There’s a lot to be said of this Owls group of seniors who’ve combined for a record of 48-5.
Owls senior Marley Vehslage has dominated at every position she’s played from No. 1 singles to No. 2 doubles with a record of 14-2.
Fellow-senior Kennedy Richart has played a majority of her time in singles and stands at 17-1.
Senior doubles expert Karen Dringenburg has a record of 17-2
Junior German-exchange student Julia Adam, who has played at No.1 singles, has a record of 13-5, and junior Lindsey Hume has dominated her doubles and singles play at 17-2.
Owls junior Emma Wood, who recently returned from sitting out most of the season with an injury, is 6-0.
Perhaps the biggest surprise this season has been the production of sophomores Hallie Crenshaw and Megan Baurle.
The pair have played a majority of the season together at No. 2 doubles. Crenshaw has a record of 15-1 and Baurle leads the team in wins at 18-1.
Last week, the Owls cracked the state rankings by getting named No. 25 in Indiana.
This is a team that forgot how to lose early in the season and doesn’t plan on going down anytime soon.
Seymour has never owned a Hoosier Hills Conference title — but that pursuit of history starts tonight.
Tonight, the Owls pursue the HHC crown with their tournament opener, at home, against Madison.
Speaking with coach Jennifer Miller, and the players, it’s evident that the Owls have had the HHC in their sights for weeks.
The road won’t be easy, as 2014-state finalist Floyd Central’s in the mix on the other side of the bracket.
Last Miller knew, the Highlanders stood at 4-6.
While the Highlanders’ record isn’t on par with the Owls, Floyd has played one of the toughest schedules in the state this season.
The Highlanders’ losses are to teams ranked 15 or better in the state and top-10 in Kentucky: they beefed-up their schedule so they’re ready come the postseason.
However, the Highlanders have lost to Bloomington North 5-0 and Columbus North 3-2 in recent weeks — the same losses the Owls suffered.
If the Owls win tonight, they will face the winner of Bedford North Lawrence and Jeffersonville on Wednesday.
Provided there aren’t any upsets, a Highlanders-Owls finals Friday would make for a match to remember.
Jordan Morey is the sports editor for The Tribune. Send comments to email@example.com.