Braves come back after loss, beat Corydon

Brownstown Central coach credits team’s ‘hustle’ in win

For The Tribune

BROWNSTOWN

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.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.