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May 16, 2014

Warriors edge Tiger Cubs

DANVILLE — Fittingly, Danville girls’ tennis Senior Night came down to a senior playing well. Danville took a 3-2 win over Greencastle on Thursday night, thanks to the deciding match at No. 2 doubles that included senior Sarah Shaw and junior Marie Summers. The duo was a new combination at that spot.

“I told those girls, even though they hate to hear it, that the match came down to them,” Danville coach Nick Kellum said. “That motivated them and they won the next three games to take the match. It was really exciting to see them play well.”

Shaw and Summers won their first set 6-4 and then came back from trailing 5-4 to win 7-5 and push Danville past Greencastle.

Danville senior Anna Eschbach won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and Emmi Kuchenbecker won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

Danville freshman Sarah Stiers injured her wrist during the No. 3 singles contest while backpedaling and falling, but continued through the pain for a game before injury defaulting.

“She tried to tough it out, but just couldn’t stand the pain and went to get an X-ray,” Kellum said.

Danville’s No. 1 doubles combo of Madeline Motes and Aubree Fox fell in their match 6-3, 6-3.

Kellum said Danville seniors Eschbach, Shaw, Tara Boling, Renae Schuldt and Gail Zhang have meant a lot to the team in his first year as coach. Danville’s seniors have seen several coaches come and go during their tenure and most have stuck through the attrition.

“Four of those girls have played all four years and that’s really saying something,” Kellum said. “Anna is in the top 15 in her class and is a leader on and off the court.”

Danville sits at .500 on the season after its match with Greencastle and heads into postseason play next week. With strong sectional opponents, Kellum said the Warriors face an uphill climb, but relishes the opportunity.

“We are the smallest school in our sectional and have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “We are who we are at this point. We’ve come a long way and improved, but so have all these other teams. I don’t want to say we’re out in the first round, but I told the girls at the beginning of the season, that we want to be competitors in Hendricks County.”

Follow Hendricks County Flyer sports editor Jake Thompson on Twitter @JacobEThompson.

 

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