For The Tribune

COLUMBUS

Seymour kept up with Columbus East as much as it could, but the Olympians proved to be too much, handing the Owls a 4-1 defeat in the semifinals of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

Seymour will play in the third place match Friday against Jeffersonville.

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The match of the night came at No. 2 doubles between Seymour’s Rachel Collett and Grace Otte and the Olympians’ Carolyn Travis and Madelyn Rhodes.

Collett and Otte had things in control to take the first set 6-4. They had a bit of a setback and lost the second set 6-2. In the decisive third set, the Owls duo seized the advantage once again to win 6-3.

Collett and Otte avenged a loss to the East No. 2 doubles team earlier in the year.

“For them to fight through and play through the third set and fight through it all successfully this time around is really nice to see,” Miller said. “Columbus East is very strong in their singles, and we knew that coming into this match.”

At No. 1 singles, East’s Megna Chari downed Hallie Crenshaw 6-2, 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Adycin Rager of the Olympians topped Megan Baurle 6-0, 6-1. At No. 3 singles, East’s Alaysha Pollert defeated Kelli Armes 6-2, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, another close match ensued between Addie Rudge and Katie O’Mara of Seymour and Kendall Gerken and Kathryn Hodzen of East. Rudge and O’Mara stayed close, but were handed a tough first-set loss 7-5. In the second set, Rudge and O’Mara were in another tough battle, but ended up on the wrong end of a 6-4 loss.

“At this point in the season, we are where we need to be to be successful in the postseason starting with sectional next week,” Miller said. “Columbus East was a good challenge for us.”

Seymour has a rematch with Jeffersonville, which the Owls won 4-1 in their opening match of the season.

“I assume they’ll have the same lineup, and ours is a little different,” Miller said. “Our lineup is stronger now that we have everyone healthy, and hopefully, we’ll be able to come out and play really solid going into next week.”

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James Pence is a sports correspondent for The Republic.