FRANKLIN – Greensburg took its girls’ tennis show on the road Saturday, splitting a pair of matches in the Franklin Invitational to move its record to a glittering 10-3.

The Pirates opened the day with a 4-1 loss to host Franklin before rebounding to defeat Roncalli 4-1.

“The two matches Saturday could not have been more different from one another,” said Greensburg coach Gary Bailey. “We really played poorly against Franklin Community and then in the blink of an eye, we played one of our better matches of the year against Roncalli.

“I am really proud of the girls for how they responded in that second match. They knew they did not play very well against Franklin and they were not going to repeat it against Roncalli.”

Danielle Schroeder continued her dominance at No. 1 singles, winning both of her matches for the Pirates.

“Danielle continues to play solid tennis right now,” said Bailey. “(In the second match) she dictated play from the start and when she had to win points, she did.”

At No. 2 singles, Courtney Nelson dropped both of her matches, but Sydney Reynolds earned a split at No. 3. Reynolds was beaten 6-2, 6-3 against Franklin, but bounced back to defeat her opponent from Roncalli.

“Sydney really hit the ball well in her second match,” Bailey said. “She moved her girl around and played smart points. Courtney played hard but she just couldn’t overcome the pace and placement that girl (from Roncalli) had.”

At No. 1 doubles, Caroline Pratt and Olivia Slusher lost to Franklin, but returned to play a fine match against Roncalli.

“Unlike the first match where they dug themselves a huge hole, this match (against Roncalli) they came out and jumped to a nice lead,” Bailey said.

Tiffany Springmeyer and Abigail Bailey were defeated in three tough sets in their match against Franklin, but rebounded for a straight set win against Roncalli.

Greensburg hosts Whiteland in its final regular season match tonight, then hosts the EIAC individual meet Thursday and Saturday. The Pirates finished the EIAC portion of their schedule as unbeaten (7-0) champions.

- Daily News

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