For the sixth consecutive year, the Floyd Central girls’ tennis team came up aces at the regional.
The Lady Highlanders topped Jeffersonville 5-0 Thursday to win the Silver Creek Regional and move on to the team semistate, where they will face host Jasper on Saturday morning. Floyd Central is now 19-4. Jeffersonville finishes the season 14-8.
Floyd Central’s No. 1 singles player, senior Olivia Boesing, defeated Jeffersonville’s Katie Bowen, who was playing in place of the injured Morgan Reilly, 6-0, 6-0.
“Morgan was out, obviously, but I prepared the same as I usually would,” said Boesing. “It was a nice match. I played as well as I was hoping to.”
In No. 2 singles, sophomore Alexis Applegate beat Mary Lancaster 6-2, 6-4.
“It was a great match to get me ready and boost my confidence for semistate,” said Applegate. “It got close in the second set, which will help me control my nerves.”
In No. 3 singles, freshman Alex Jamison topped Kaitlin Wunsch. In doubles, Whitney Batliner and Dana Frank defeated Julianna Jenks and Emily Lewis 6-4, 6-3, and Katherine Dauby and Erin Patterson beat Rachel Williams and Larissa Neville 6-3, 6-1.
Floyd Central coach Rick Miller was happy with the results.
“Hey, man, a win is a win,” he said. “People think it gets monotonous. It’s never routine and it’s never monotonous. Every team is different. Every player is different. This year’s team is different than last year’s and the one before that. These girls have persevered.
” There have been a lot of injuries and illnesses this year that we’ve never had in the past. We’re just happy to be moving on. and hopefully we play well and play better Saturday than we did today. Every day we have to improve, so that’s what we’re looking to do.”
Color Jeffersonville coach Mark Reilly impressed.
“They have a very nice team,” he said. “I think they definitely have a shot to make it to the final four, and then if you get there you see what happens. They’re solid all the way up and down. (Miller’s) team has really jelled well.”
As for the future, “I was pleased with my team and how we competed,” Reilly said. “We lose three seniors, but we have some girls who have a lot of desire, and if we put the time in during the offseason we’ll see if we can come back.”
Meanwhile, the Lady Highlanders prepare to face a familiar opponent in Jasper.
“They’re ranked third in the state, so they have to be good,” Miller said. “They’re a good team. We played them earlier in the year at our place and they beat us 3-2. It was a very close match. Hopefully, it’s a close match this time. Playing in the semistate is an honor. When you get down to the final 16 it’s a great year, but we’re not satisfied with that. We want to keep playing.”
Girls’ tennis results
Silver Creek Regional
Floyd Central 5, Jeffersonville 0
Singles – 1. Olivia Boesing d. Katie Bowen 6-0, 6-0; 2. Alexis Applegate d. Mary Lancaster 6-2, 6-4; 3. Alex Jamison d. Kaitlin Wunsch 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles – 1. Whitney Batliner and Dana Frank d. Julianna Jenks and Emily Lewis 6-4, 6-3; 2. Katherine Dauby and Erin Patterson d. Rachel Williams and Larissa Neville 6-3, 6-1.
1. Jacqueline Hollkamp (Providence) d. Jordan Jeffers (Jeffersonville) 6-0, 6-0; 2. Jacqueline Hollkamp (Providence) d. Chloe Stephens (Clarksville) 6-0, 6-0.
Friday – Final, Erin Kanii (New Albany) vs. Jacqueline Hollkamp (Providence) vs. 4:30pm.
1. Symphony LeJune and Kayla Uhl (Corydon) d. Amanda Kemp and Christen Walker (New Washington) 6-4, 6-1.