Seymour girls sweep Jennings County

The Seymour girls tennis team celebrated senior night Monday by defeating Jennings County in a 5-0 sweep.

Owls coach Jennifer Miller started an all-senior lineup, with Hallie Crenshaw, Megan Baurle and Kelli Armes winning their singles matches in straight sets.

Armes defeated Hailey Brown 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles, while Baurle gave up six games in her two sets at No. 2, and Crenshaw won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1.

“In singles, for sure, we had very good shot selection,” Miller said. “Hallie at No. 1, and Kelli at No. 3 really did a nice job of coming to the net and finishing their points.”

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Katie O’Mara and Addie Rudge defeated Maddy Hill and Ellie Hearn 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles.

Seymour’s Marie Armes and Rachel Collett and Jennings’ Abigail DeCamp and Callie Wilder spent the most time on the courts at No. 2 doubles, with the Owls winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

“In doubles, we did have some really strong serves and consistently were hitting our first serves, so that definitely a key at those positions,” Miller said.

There are eight seniors on the Seymour roster, and Marissa Reedy played reserve doubles Monday.

“They have been such a great group of girls to work with,” Miller said of the seniors. “I have Megan and Hallie, who have played varsity from their freshman year on. They are our captains this year, and they are going to be very tough to replace.

“These girls are really great about supporting one another and talking one another up at matches, and they’re just a lot of fun to be with, so it will definitely be big shoes to fill for these younger girls coming up next year.”

Miller said it’s always nice to beat another Hoosier Hills Conference school leading up to the tournamnet.

“It’s nice to get a 5-0 win, especially on senior night,” Miller said. “All seven varsity players were seniors. Jennings County tends to be a good rivalry for us, so to play well, to come out at No. 2 doubles and lose the first set and then be able to come out strong and finish in that third set, to finish that fifth point was definitely a highlight.”

The Owls have won five straight matches to bring their record to 8-5.

“We finally have everybody 100 percent, and healthy and playing really well,” Miller said. “Kelli Armes dealt with an ankle sprain early on, and she’s starting to feel back to 100 percent. She’s been the first one off the last couple of matches.

“So knowing we have conference in a week, going into that conference tournament we definitely need everybody to be playing at their best, and these last couple matches we definitely are improving, match-to-match.”

The Owls travel to Bedford North Lawrence today.

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