AVON — Behind strong singles play and dominant doubles, the Avon girls' tennis team swept Ben Davis 5-0 last Wednesday night.
"As a whole, the team is bonding very well," Avon coach Robert Mize said. "I'm pretty happy. We played Bloomington South and lost 4-1, but I thought we were competitive, and they are ranked 12th. I think starting off the season with a win at home with this match is going to lead to good things going forward."
For Ben Davis, the match was a building block.
"We have a group that has not played a whole lot of tennis and has not played a whole lot of varsity," said Ben Davis coach Kevin Vanderbush. "We got some experience out there against a good team like Avon, and hopefully the girls learned some things today."
In No. 1 doubles, Avon's team of Erin Pool and Audrie Hillis defeated Emma Drummond and Deonya Garner 6-0, 6-0. Also, Sam Selge and Sage Klinger beat Olivia Heifner and Mya Carter 6-3, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles.
"No. 1 doubles won 6-0, 6-0, and it is hard in varsity tennis to beat anyone (by that), Mize said. "I was extremely pleased by the way they started and finished the entire match. The No. 2 doubles was a freshman and a sophomore who had not played a varsity match before. They were filling in for our normal No. 2 doubles team and won 6-3, 6-0. They started out a little rough, but once they got their feet underneath them, they came through and won the last nine games of the match."
In No. 1 singles, Sabrina Becker defeated Savannah Wills 6-0, 6-3.
"I am extremely pleased with (Becker) being focused the entire match," Mize said. "Playing a strong Ben Davis player, she came out strong. She maintained focus in the second set and it was probably one of the better matches I have seen her play."
Maddie Jones dropped the first set (6-2) to Haley Runyon in No. 2 singles, but rebounded to take the next two by matching 6-2 scores. In No. 3 singles, Keri Thrasher beat Julia Calhoun 6-4, 7-5.