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Weather suspends North-East match


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North's Sydney Anderson prepares to return during a volley at Number One doubles. When the rains came, Columbus North was ahead of Columbus East in high school girls tennis Monday April 14, 2014 (Photo by Joe Harpring)
North's Sydney Anderson prepares to return during a volley at Number One doubles. When the rains came, Columbus North was ahead of Columbus East in high school girls tennis Monday April 14, 2014 (Photo by Joe Harpring)

East's Susana Blanco serves during the Number One doubles match.When the rains came, Columbus North was ahead of Columbus East in high school girls tennis Monday April 14, 2014 (Photo by Joe Harpring)
East's Susana Blanco serves during the Number One doubles match.When the rains came, Columbus North was ahead of Columbus East in high school girls tennis Monday April 14, 2014 (Photo by Joe Harpring)

North's Sydney Anderson prepares to return during a volley at Number One doubles. When the rains came, Columbus North was ahead of Columbus East in high school girls tennis Monday April 14, 2014 (Photo by Joe Harpring)
North's Sydney Anderson prepares to return during a volley at Number One doubles. When the rains came, Columbus North was ahead of Columbus East in high school girls tennis Monday April 14, 2014 (Photo by Joe Harpring)


The outcome of the Columbus North-Columbus East girls tennis match is still up in the air after play was suspended by rain Monday evening.

The 16th-ranked Bull Dogs were leading the No. 20 Olympians 2-1 with two matches still in progress when a mist turned into a drizzle. Both teams went into East High School for about 15 minutes before it was called.

A date to complete the match was not determined Monday night, although East coach Cheryl McGee said it is possible it could be completed Wednesday since neither team has a match scheduled for that day.

North jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Meagan Olibo beating Lauren Fox 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and Rosemary Yonushonis and Brooke Richardson downing Pooja Pandita and Ameta Smidova 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.

The Olympians got on the board with Megan Galle’s 6-3, 6-0 win against Paige Littrell at No. 2 singles. Galle won the final 10 games after trailing 3-2 in the first set.

“I feel like we’ve done pretty well so far,” North coach Kendal Hammel said. “For the cold weather and wind and playing a North-East match and getting over the jitters, I think we’re OK.”

East’s Ashlee Hasson leads Aubrey Smith 6-2, 2-2 at No. 1 singles. North’s Sydney Anderson and Sara Vanderkolk lead Alexa Husmann-Miller and Susana Blanco 7-6 (4), 3-2 at No. 1 doubles.

“Ashlee looked strong,” East coach Cheryl McGee said. “One doubles had a slow start, but they have powered back, and they’re playing very smart tennis. I think it could go either way.”

“It’s going like we thought it might go paper-wise, as far as matchups and everything,” Hammel said. “We’re fine with where we are right now. It’s too bad we have to have the delay here.”

The Bull Dogs are 2-2 following a 4-1 win against Seymour and a 1-2 record against three ranked opponents in Saturday’s Floyd Central Invitational. The Olympians are 1-1 with a 5-0 loss at No. 11 Bloomington North and a 3-2 victory Friday at Brown County.

“I was a little concerned,” McGee said. “We did not get to practice on Saturday, so we had not played since Brown County. We won, but we had a rough night, so I’m pleased how everyone came out being very strong. I felt on Friday, everybody kind of was sitting back and letting the other team kind of dictate what was going on, so I was pleased that everybody was being more aggressive and more confident than on Friday.”

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