For The Tribune
The Brownstown Central tennis team overcame slow starts at several positions to finish strong and blank Corydon Central 5-0 in Mid-Southern match Thursday afternoon.
Braves coach Erik Stangland said it was nice to bounce back from a disappointing loss at Scottsburg on Tuesday night.
“Coming off a loss the other night that felt really rough, this was a good win for us to get back into it, especially since we’ve got the Eastern (Pekin) Tournament Saturday,” he said. “We need a little confidence going into that.”
Laken Reynolds dominated Corydon’s Ashlyn Crawford from the start at No. 1 singles in posting a 6-0, 6-2 win to improve her team-best record to 6-3.
Stangland said Reynolds has come on strong the past few matches for the Braves (4-5, 3-3 MSC).
“She’s been able to beat a couple girls that were really strong players. That’s helped,” he said. “She had a couple (matches) at the beginning of the season that she just wasn’t in the swing of things and struggled.”
Carly Brown scored a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles, while Riley Roberts was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at No. 3 singles.
Rachel Adkins and Olivia Hackman spent the most time of any of the BC players on the court, as they needed three sets to top Emily Hollingsworth and Sara Hastings 1-6, 6-2, 7-5, while Sydney Cockerham and Claudia Sibrel had an easier time winning at No. 2 doubles, posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
“We actually lost the first set at No. 1 doubles, and we had some struggles at two other spots,” Stangland said. “We were actually behind at three different positions in the first games. We were either down 0-1 or 1-2 at some point, and they had to work extra hard to get back into it.
“They just kept playing and kept hustling. That’s a credit to the girls that they didn’t quit. We’ve got a lot of hustle on the team, so that’s a huge, valuable improvement this year. They really hustle for the ball. So our youth and inexperience, especially with our form, hustling for the ball means they get a chance to win.”
Stangland said Brownstown, Lanesville, Clarksville and Eastern have participated in the Eastern tournament in the past. The tournament will start at 9 a.m.