Red Devils roll into final against East Central

Red Devils roll into final against East Central

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Red Devils roll into final against East Central

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It didn’t take long at all.

For either winning team.

Both host Richmond and East Central rolled to 5-0 victories on the first night of the Richmond High School girls tennis regional on the Tiernan Center courts on a near-perfect spring night.

And both teams played nearly perfectly in advancing to play Wednesday with a scheduled first serve at 4:30 p.m. Centerville’s Brittany Jones and the Northeastern doubles team of Kristian Ketron and Claire Ladd also are set to compete at the same time.

For a surging Red Devil team, its season record is now 10-5, while the Trojans have a sparkling 18-3 mark.

In around an hour each, both teams dominated Tuesday, RHS over Rushville and East Central past Shenandoah.

First it was the home team in control, as junior Peyton Young continued her winning way at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph.

But the margin for Young wasn’t any bigger than either of her singles teammates, as RHS senior Katy Robinson won by the double bagel score of 6-0, 6-0, and junior Kaitlin Kramer matched Young’s winning scores of 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

Both Robinson and Kramer were all smiles after another winning effort for the Red Devils.

“At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t doing as well when I was coming off of my sprained ankle, but now I am playing much better and with more mental toughness,” Robinson said. “I just don’t give up, and come back after each point mentally and focus on winning the next point, and it (that approach) is working for me. Just think positive at all times.”

Kramer played doubles for much of the season, but has enjoyed immediate success since moving into the No. 3 singles slot.

“I think I am moving my feet better, returning every ball, and I think soccer has helped my play and my endurance on the court,” she said.

After the singles wins, the RHS second doubles team of Krissy Kramer and Emma Lady finished a straight-set win, followed shortly in the same manner by Kaitlyn Harrison and Julia Hays at No. 1 doubles.

“We played well again tonight (Tuesday), and have played well over the last few weeks,” RHS coach Randy Hollingsworth said. “After Peyton and Katy, the other five varsity players have all really improved and stepped up to the plate. All of them seem to be peaking at the right time.”

Hollingsworth expects a tough battle in the next match with East Central.

“They (EC) have a quality team. I know they beat Centerville 3-2, and we’re going to have to play a very good match to advance,” he said.

Centerville’s Jones improved to 17-2 this season with a 6-0, 6-0 victory Tuesday, and now faces a dangerous foe in Gretchen Wilder of Oldenburg Academy in the singles tournament.

“I expected to win some (singles) matches this spring because I went to summer camp last summer with coach Ecker and felt like I really improved. I just never give up, try to keep a good mindset and be very competitive,” Jones said. “I strategize before I play, and with each point in the match.”

Ketron and Ladd, the TEC champs, at No. 1 doubles, will meet a New Castle duo in the next round. The Trojans won 6-0, 6-4 on Tuesday in a match that was staged in New Castle.

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