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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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