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May 9, 2014

Quakers third at Mid-State

After finishing fifth at last season’s Mid-State Conference tournament, the Plainfield girls’ tennis team improved to third this year. Plainfield coach Keith Bradley was happy with his teams’ effort after the three-day event concluded on Wednesday, especially with the adversity the Quakers have had to overcome.

“With the strength of Greenwood and our injuries this season, third place is solid,” Bradley said. “We have a very young team with a lot of upside. The ladies have been working hard and the results are starting to show.”

Plainfield’s No. 2 doubles squad of Jess Rigdon and Kira Siepman placed second and were named to the all-conference team for their efforts. The pair sits at 9-1 on the year.

“Siepman and Rigdon have been solid this season,” Bradley said. “The one dubs point has been an important position for us all season. We have taken pressure off of the rest of our team by taking this point night in and night out.

“Jess has been a solid leader, with her work ethic and desire to be her best.”

Senior Kristen Lees filled in for an injured Carrie Copeland at No. 1 singles. Lees finished seventh after playing sick on Monday. Ally Edwards played in her place on Tuesday.

The loss of Copeland — last season’s No. 1 singles player — has been tough, but Plainfield has been able to use the time getting others varsity experience.

“We lost Carrie early this season,” Bradley said. “This has given us an opportunity to move players around to find a lineup we like. We hope Carrie will be back for sectionals, as she has started hitting again this week. We will monitor her progress and not rush her return.”

Plainfield’s Allison Huff, a freshman, took third at No. 3 singles.

Also placing third was the No. 2 doubles team of freshmen Rachel Bahr and Paige Downey.

Sophomore Natalie Naaman finished fourth at No. 2 singles.

With sectional play beginning in a few weeks, Bradley hopes to get his young team healthy and as much experience as possible. Plainfield travels to the Jasper Invitational this weekend to play some of the top teams in the state as part of that preparation.

“We will continue to work hard and tweak the lineup as we prepare for a tough sectional,” Bradley said.

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

 

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