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Knights dominate Cubs to clinch sectional championship

Monday, May 22, 2006

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Ramey Hayes (pictured) and teammate Kristen Hauser swept past Greencastle's Kayla Birt and Savannah Provine in straight sets on Saturday during the tennis sectional.

To say the Northview Knights dominated their high school girls tennis sectional is an understatement.

The Knights won all three of their sectional matches, including Saturday's championship over Greencastle, shutouts -- 5-0.

"[The Knights] put a lot of work into [tennis]. I'm proud of all the girls for the hard work they put in [to the season]. They deserved [to win]. It really paid off," Emily Goff said.

Northview (13-5) now advances to the regional at Center Grove High School on Tuesday to play the winner of the Shelbyville Sectional (Shelbyville or Waldron). And that brings a new challenge as all five of their losses have come to a school their size or larger -- Bloomington South, Floyd Central, Plainfield, Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South.

Goff believes the Knights can play better in the regional than they did against a very young Greencastle team.

"We definitely played well, but I think in a couple of spots we could have played better. But we'll be ready for Tuesday to come out and play," the first-year coach said.

With a lineup of seniors Heather Palmer, Madason Stevenson, Sara Cox, Kristen Hauser, Ramey Hayes and Kellsy Mauer, who were part of last year's championship squad, and sophomore Jazmine Kellum, Northview won all five matches in two sets.

"I knew Greencastle was a good team and I was not sure how we would play against them. But [the Knights] did well," Goff said.

Greencastle (9-3) and Northview did not play during the regular season because of foul weather.

"We had no idea [what Greencastle was like] because the [Northview] invitational got canceled [because of weather]. We watched [Greencastle] play [Linton on Friday in the semifinals], so we got an idea," Northview's Palmer said.

But the two teams weren't complete strangers either. Players from both teams workout at DePauw University's indoor tennis facility in Greencastle during the winter.

"[The Knights] are defending sectional champions and we knew coming in that they were loaded with seniors and senior experience. We've seen them working [out] over at DePauw [University in Greencastle], they've been playing all winter and they've been playing well this spring," Greencastle coach Trish Lowe said.

While there were several long volleys and good shots from both sides of the net, Northview's experience was the deciding factor.

Palmer (15-3), playing No. 1 singles, kept Greencastle sophomore Kelsey Hennette (9-4) on the baseline.

"I'm trying to stay away from my slice as much as possible and work on my top spin. Honestly I wanted to just hit the ball, hit ground strokes with her and then if I got an opening, slice it to a corner and try to come up [to the net]," Palmer said.

Palmer and Northview's No. 1 doubles team of Kristen Hauser and Ramey Hayes are still undefeated in the tournament. They are still eligible for the state individual tournament.

Girls high school tennis sectional

Saturday at Northview High School

Northview 5, Greencastle 0

Singles -- Heather Palmer (N) def. Kelsey Hennette (G) 6-0, 6-0; Madason Stevenson (N) def. Kara Phillips (G) 6-0, 6-3; Sara Cox (N) def. Rena Warren (G) 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles -- Kristen Hauser and Ramey Hayes (N) def. Kayla Birt and Savannah Provine (G) 6-4, 6-2; Kellsy Mauer and Jazmine Kellum (N) def. Lorissa Miller and Ashley Watkins (G) 6-0, 6-0.

Next match -- Northview (13-5) will play the winner of the Shelbyville

Sectional on Tuesday in the regional at Center Grove High School.

Greencastle's final record is 9-4.

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