During the past five years, the Seymour girls tennis team has only known one way to finish its sectional: by taking care of business in the finals.
On Monday, the Owls took home their fifth straight sectional title by defeating Austin 4-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Lindsey Hume and Emma Wood will both have four championships for their careers with the Owls.
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“It’s something that we will always remember,” Hume said. “Not many people can say they’ve won a sectional all four years in high school. We just need to keep the consistency and playing our hearts out.”
Wood and Hume were the first pair off the court for Seymour, as they defeated the Eagles’ duo of Lilly Humphries and Skyler Coomer 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 2 doubles, the junior tandem of Addie Rudge and Katie O’Mara mirrored their senior teammates with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against the Eagles’ Kailey Fugate and Macy Baker.
Owls coach Jennifer Miller said that her doubles teams have taken care of their matches all season long.
“Our doubles, again, are playing really solid right now,” Miller said. “They are the two positions I know I can really count on. Hopefully, they will be able to continue being successful — especially our No. 1 doubles so they can make it to the state tournament down the road.”
French exchange student Lou-Anne Hoarau sealed the sectional by defeating Austin’s Kami Owens 6-3, 6-1.
Hoarau built a 4-3 lead before finishing off the first set and the closest it got in the second was at 2-1.
Seymour junior Megan Baurle blanked Kaylin Carter 6-0 before taking the second set 6-1 in the No. 3 singles position.
“Megan, she was incredibly patient,” Miller said. “She looked for shots that she knew would be successful for her — and they were tonight. Lou-Anne recognized advantages she had early on. She used her strengths to compete and win.”
Lasting nearly an hour later than the other four matches, Owls junior Hallie Crenshaw went the distance with Austin’s Meagan Hollan.
Hollan took the opening set 6-2, but Crenshaw stormed back in the second behind a 3-0 lead.
Crenshaw would hold on to take the second set 6-4 by holding serve, but Hollan mustered a 6-1 win in the third.
Tonight, the Owls (13-5) will play Shawe Memorial (Madison) at the Bloomington North Sectional.
“I think it has been pretty amazing,” Miller said. “We have a good group of girls who worked hard throughout the year and built on the momentum of past successes. For our seniors, they’ve had a (sectional) title every year, I think they’ve raised the bar.
“(Shawe) has singles players that are very strong. We have a few mutual opponents, and I’ve been asking them about (Shawe). They have a strong history, so we will see what happens.”
Should the Owls advance, they play the winner of Bloomington North and Columbus North on Wednesday.
The Owls fell to both schools earlier in the season but look to ride their momentum into the regional.
“It’s awesome for our senior years. We’re going out with a bang,” Wood said. “Our doubles did pretty well against both of them. If our doubles holds, and we can pick up a singles win we should be able to move on.”