The Bloomington South girls tennis team pulled of a key Conference Indiana victory Tuesday by downing Columbus North 4-1.
Although the 18th-ranked Bull Dogs displayed hustle and poise throughout the match, the 16th-ranked Panthers earned most of the key points.
North fell to 2-2 in Conference Indiana play and 11-5 overall.
“We knew going in this would be a challenge for us,” said North coach Kendall Hammel. “Bloomington South is a solid team throughout the lineup, especially at singles, but the girls played hard and I was very pleased with their overall effort.”
The Bull Dogs’ top doubles team of Sydney Anderson and Sara Vanderkolk prevented the shutout by dominating South’s tandem of Luiza Hauskrecht and Meg Shishman, 6-1, 6-2.
North junior Rosemary Yonushonis almost rallied for a win at No. 3 singles but came up short in a 3-6, 6-4, (9-11) two-hour showdown with the Panthers’ Kasy Poore.
“Rosemary battled hard and could have won, even though it didn’t matter for the team score,” said Hammel. “Her effort was indicative of how all of our girls played.”
The visitors went in front 2-0 after their No. 2 doubles team of Janini Krishnan and Madzia Iannello downed Brooke Richardson and Meagan Olibo by a 6-1, 6-1, count, followed by Denise Azcui putting away Aubrey Smith, 6-0, 6-1.
North closed to 2-1 with its No. 2 doubles victory, but the Panthers clinched the team win after Lauren Whitlatch beat Paige Littrell, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles.
“I hope the girls take this match and see what it’s going to take to beat a team like Bloomington South,” Hammel said. “Should we play well enough to get through sectional and regional, we very well could meet this team again.”