Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 15, 2013

Pirate netters compete in Shelbyville Invite

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Shelbyville — The Greensburg girls tennis team competed in the eight-team Shelbyville Invitational Saturday.

Teams that competed included Greensburg, Shelbyville, Batesville, Franklin County, Seymour, Mooresville and Triton Central.

None of the Lady Pirates won their respective matches, but returned consolation wins at two positions.

At first singles, sophomore Danielle Schroeder lost to Megan Fitzpatrick of Mooresville, 6-1, 6-0. Head coach Gary Bailey noted that Fitzpatrick was a “very good player.” Schroeder, though, defeated Michelle Gardner of Triton Central, 6-1, 6-1.

At second singles, senior Kaeli Fong defeated Triton Central’s Brittany Miller, 6-0, 6-1. Fong lost to Shelbyville’s Maddie Clark 6-2, 4-6, 10-3.

She played a great first round,” said Bailey of Fong. “She faced a player with a very unorthodox style, which is frustrating to play, and kind of outlasted Kaeli.”

Junior Claire Welage defeated Kelly Hunt of Franklin County, 7-5, 6-1, at third singles.

“Claire got off to a slow start, then turned it on,” said Bailey. “She played very well.” Welage then lost to a Mooresville player 6-4, 6-4.

“She played a good player, got behind, and could never get out front,” said Bailey of Welage’s second round.

Sophomores Courtney Nelson and Caroline Pratt at first doubles, lost to Batesville’s Emily Helvie and Ali Meyer 7-6, 6-0.

However, Nelson and Pratt bounced back and beat Shelbyville 6-1, 7-5 in the consolation.

“They played a good first round against Batesville,” said Bailey. “That doubles team is one of the best around. Batesville turned it around on them.”

At second doubles, freshman Abby Bailey and sophomore Olivia Slusher lost to a good Seymour squad 6-0, 6-2.

In the consolation match, Coach Bailey matched freshman Mackenzie Kovacich and sophomore Sydney Reynolds against Batesville’s Kelli Hartman and Brooke Bradford. The Greensburg duo fell 6-0, 6-1.

“The second doubles had a bad draw,” said Coach Bailey, “an unlucky draw.”

The Lady Pirates are set to play three matches, including two against Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference teams.

“We have a big week coming up,” said Coach Bailey. After hosting Columbus East Monday, Greensburg hosts Batesville today (Tuesday) and travels to East Central Thursday.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, 7003.