- Northview loses just one set in winning all five titles -
In Saturday's Northview Invitational the host Knights showed just how far they have come over the course of the season with a convincing team victory over Greencastle, Southmont and Linton-Stockton.
The Knights took all five championships in the process of losing just one set over the entire afternoon to their competitors.
"We're getting tougher," commented coach Tom West on his team. "They are slowly learning, we're going to be pretty tough at the end of the season."
One particular example of that was in the No. 3 singles position as Lacy Emery comfortably won her opening round match in straight sets, but got real challenge from Greencastle's Hannah Fenlon in the title match.
Emery dropped her first set, 0-6 to Fenlon before rebounding to win the second set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-5). She then proceeded to win that final gut check set, 6-3 for the championship.
"I think (Emery) learned a lot about toughness Saturday. Losing that first set 0-6 and then coming back to win the second in a tiebreaker showed that she's learning some things," noted West.
The Northview vs. Greencastle final was a plotline that played out across the board on Saturday as every finals match pitted a Tiger Cub versus a Knight.
At No. 1 singles, Amy Robbins of Northview won her first round match, 6-1, 6-0 to meet Greencastle's Kate Martin for the championship. Robbins would get the victory, 6-2, 6-3.
At No. 2, Brooke Yocom continued her impressive string of recent matches by defeating Southmont's Trisha Isenberg, 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and then Greencastle's Andrea Warren, 6-0, 6-0 in the finals.
Yocom's incredible week included not only a 5-0 match streak, but an amazing 60-2 record in games. Yocom won all three of her matches during the week, 6-0, 6-0, before losing just two games versus Isenberg on Saturday.
In doubles, Katie Trout and Brandi Butler got the opening victory in No. 1 doubles for Northview over Southmont's pair, 6-2, 6-3.
In the championship round, Trout and Megan Love got the ball to down Kim Jefferson and Anna Harmless of Northview, 6-3, 6-3.
In the No. 2 spot, Suzanne Deal and Heather Palmer won their opening match, 6-1, 6-0 before facing Mackenzie Carr and Katie Earl of Greencastle. Deal and Palmer would get the victory, 6-1, 6-3 in the title game.
"The conference is really our next step," said West. "We've got Sullivan and Brown County this weekend and I think that Sullivan is really our biggest challenge for the conference. If we can get (the conference) then we can look towards sectionals and regionals."
The Knights are now 8-3 overall and host WIC opponent West Vigo on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Team Score: Northview 35, Greencastle 14, Southmont 11, Linton-Stockton 0
Martin (GC) over Lehman (Ln), 6-2, 6-1
Robbins (Nv) over Froedge (Sm), 6-1, 6-0
Yocom (Nv) over Isenberg (Sm), 6-2, 6-0
Warren (GC) over Cravens (Ln), 6-0, 6-2
Fenlon (GC) over Ross (Sm), 6-2, 6-0
Emery (Nv) over Beier (Ln), 6-0, 6-2
Jefferson/Harmless (GC) over Van Hook/Collison (Ln), 6-0, 6-4
Trout/Butler (Nv) over Marshall/Montoney (Sm), 6-2, 6-3
Deal/Palmer (Nv) over Townsend/Corbin (Sm), 6-1, 6-0
Carr/Earl (GC) over Shonk/Preble (Ln), 6-0, 6-1
Robbins (Nv) over Martin (GC), 6-2, 6-3
Yocom (Nv) over Warren, 6-0, 6-0
Emery (Nv) over Fenlon (GC), 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
Trout/Love (Nv) over Jefferson/Harmless (GC), 6-3, 6-3
Deal/Palmer (Nv) over Carr/Earl (GC), 6-1, 6-3