AVON — Winning three matches in four days while overcoming three county rivals, one conference foe and a spot of weather, the Avon Orioles girls’ tennis team won their first sectional title since 2006. Avon won its three matches by a combined 14-1 record and downed Plainfield 5-0 in the finals early Saturday afternoon.
“To win that convincingly, I’m kind of shocked that we breezed right through this thing,” Avon coach Stan Malless said. “Although it looked like that on the surface, Plainfield really battled us today in every match. To win all five, and in straight sets, is a heck of a way to finish up.”
Plainfield coach Keith Bradley was proud of his squad’s effort, especially after the Quakers’ hard-earned semifinals victory over conference foe Mooresville Thursday night.
“The girls fought hard and we put our best foot forward and when you do that, that’s all you can ask for,” Bradley said. “Today, Avon was just better and you tip your hat to Stan and the girls. They played a great match today.”
After defeating Plainfield 4-1 late in the regular season, the lone match Avon dropped was at No. 2 singles. Sabrina Becker had just moved into the slot after playing doubles and was becoming familiar competing without a partner again.
The outcome was far different this time around and started Avon out with a 1-0 lead in the match.
Becker was the first off the court after dropping Plainfield’s Audrey Koeberlein 6-0, 6-3.
Avon freshman Grace Langford was the second to leave the court after besting Plainfield’s Carrie Copeland 6-1, 6-0 in a battle of two freshmen. Langford stymied Copeland for most of their match with a variety of shots.
“She’s just so versatile,” Malless said.
With Avon up 2-0 and leading 1-0 in No 1 and 2 doubles and No. 3 singles, rain moved in and delayed the match. That gave Plainfield time to regroup, but the momentum kept rolling for Avon following the break.