Ever since the pairings for the Hoosier Hills Conference girls’ tennis tournament were announced, the Seymour team has been hoping to advance to the championship match of the HHC Tournament and have a chance to play powerhouse Floyd Central.
The Owls will get that opportunity Friday, following a 5-0 win against Jeffersonville on Wednesday night.
Seymour dominated the Red Devils by winning all five matches in straight sets to improve to 16-2.
Owls posting singles wins were Julie Adam at No. 1, Kennedy Richart at No. 2, and Hallie Crenshaw at No. 3.
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Adam topped Libby West 6-1, 6-3, Richart topped Haley Asplund 6-1, 6-1 winner against Haley Asplund and Crenshaw defeated Katie Gernard 6-2, 6-1.
Karen Dringenburg and Emma Wood were 6-0, 6-3 winners against Kaitlun Wunsch and McKenna Woodard at No. 1 doubles, while Lindsey Hume and Megan Baurle picked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Shelby Darr and Katie Bowen at No. 2 doubles.
The Owls defeated Jeffersonville 5-0 earlier in the season.
“They have the same line up and singles that we saw before,” Owls co-coach Jennifer Miller said. “They had one change at two doubles. Our lineup was a little bit different, but the girls came out and played just as well as the first time.”
Owls co-coach Nate Otte said he was pleased with the overall play.
“The all-around game for everybody (was good),” he said.” We’ve got solid serves, we’ve got solid ground strokes, and we’re becoming more and more aggressive with short balls, not being afraid to be able to put the ball away at the net has been a big change this year for us.”
Floyd Central has won the HHC tennis tourney seven straight years, and 12 of the past 14.
The Highlanders defeated New Albany 4-1 on Wednesday.
“They’re going to be solid at every position,” Otte said. “They’re going to have a lot of match experience under their belts. They’ve played a brutal schedule, a lot of top teams. They will be high-level competition so we have to be ready to come out and play our match as strong as we can.”
Richart, a senior, said she is looking forward to facing the Highlanders.
“I think our biggest thing is just stay strong in our heads and keep our spirits high, and come together as a team because we’ve been working toward this for the entire season,” she said.
“We’ve really been focusing on placing our shots and working up to where Floyd stands in the conference. We’re just going to try and take them out of their place and make history for Seymour.”