Hamilton Southeastern High School boys tennis coach Mark Woldmoe will be first to tell you his team faces tough odds against North Central.
Woldmoe’s No. 6 Royals (14-3) will play the No. 4 Panthers (15-1) at 4 p.m. today in the North Central Regional. New Palestine (13-3) and Lawrence North (11-8) meet in the other match. The final will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
“North Central is the heavy favorite,” Woldmoe said. “Their team and Carmel are a little stronger than the rest of us. But we’re going to go out and fight. We feel we have an outside shot.”
North Central defeated Hamilton Southeastern 5-0 on Aug. 28. Since then, however, the Panthers have lost Andrew Stutz, their No. 2 singles player, for the season. In the first meeting, Woldmoe’s son, Alex, lost to Riley Reist in three sets at No. 1 singles.
“I think Alex is going to have a good match and I think Zac DeFonce has a very good shot at No. 2 singles,” Woldmoe said. “So those are two points that are definitely doable matches. Then we just have to find a third point somewhere in the lineup. We’re the underdogs so there is no pressure on us.”
HSE runners ready
Hamilton Southeastern boys and girls cross country coach Joe Golden said he is anticipating great performances in the postseason.
“HSE teams seem to always step it up when it counts,” he said.
The Royals’ girls are ranked No. 4 in the state, the boys No. 5. Rachel Nitchwitz, Jessica King, Courtney Pfanstiel, Emily Wagoner, Bailey Coleman, and Sam Stenstland have been the team’s top five.
“We have two solid front runners (Nitchwitz, King) and then a very solid pack in the 19:30-19:45 range,” Golden said. “Our starting goal is to be on the podium for the first time in school history, and ultimately be in the top two.”
The HSE girls finished sixth last season in their first state meet appearance. The HSE boys were second in the state last season.
The top five boys are Troy Reeder, Stephen Cho, Alex Zoumbaris, Greg Murphy, and Drew Barclay.
Westfield senior libero Sydney Litchfield, a four-year starter, holds the school’s career digs record with 1,472. She has 411 this season and is nearing the single-season record of 490. “Syd is the backbone of the team,” Shamrocks coach Stacie Pagnard said. “She drives us every day to be better because she holds herself to the highest standard possible.” Her father, Randy Litchfield, a former Ball State volleyball coach, is the club director for Vision Volleyball. Sydney has committed to play for Austin Peay next season.
Sara Hohman broke the all-time assists record for the Cathedral girls volleyball program. Hohman, a senior, surpassed the mark of 3,004 last week against Muncie Central. Hohman will play for North Carolina-Greensboro.