Showing the second set improvement that Vanderbush spoke of were No. 2 and No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles.
In the longest match of the evening, lasting nearly three hours, the Giants’ Savannah Wills battled with Brownsburg senior Katie Suiter. Wills fell in a second set tie break after taking a 4-3 advantage 6-3, 7-6 (6).
“She’s very good at keeping the ball in play and is athletic enough to come down and that’s her strength, wearing people down,” Vanderbush said. “I just hope it doesn’t wear her down. She’s lost a couple of close ones that could have went either way, but she’s just a sophomore and this is her first tennis at varsity level and I think she’s doing a great job with it.”
After losing her first set 6-2 at No. 2 singles, Ben Davis junior Julia Calhoun took a 5-4 advantage in her second set over Brownsburg’s Morgan Bettner, but fell 7-5.
At No. 1 doubles, the Giants’ Alyssa Montgomery and Haley Runyon did the same as Wills in their second set. Up 4-3 after falling 6-3 in the first set, the pair let the lead slip away and was downed 6-4.
Ben Davis’ No. 2 doubles team of Jayashree Brown-Riddles and Emma Drummond fell in the first match to be finished 6-0, 6-0.
“We have four girls who did not play varsity last year,” Vanderbush said. “I’m pleased with the way they competed and I think they got better as a result of playing them.”