The Northview girls' tennis program has quietly become one of the school's most successful.
On Monday night, the team added its fourth consecutive Western Indiana Conference championship with a 5-0 win over Sullivan and sets its sights on a repeat sectional championship beginning on Thursday against Linton.
Tonight was a big win for us," commented volunteer coach Emily Goff. "It was a good way to end the season right before sectionals. Winning the conference is important to the girls and they have worked hard this season to make sure that happened. We look forward to sectionals and are hoping to pull off another sectional title. These girls definitely deserve it."
Northview senior Jazmine Kellum posted a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles and junior Allie Melega won a 6-2, 6-0 decision at No. 2 singles.
After the match, Melega discussed how proud she is to be a part of the history of the Northview program.
"I'm very excited and happy to be a part of it," said Melega of her team's WIC title. "I'm hoping that we can make it to the second round of the regional."
Melega, who has also spent time playing at No. 1 singles this year, has also set her goals high for this year's team.
"I like the challenge of playing at No. 1 singles," commented Melega. "But I like winning at No. 2. We're going to work hard and stay focused in practice. I feel like I'm a lot more consistent with my forehand and backhand (this season)."
"I think (the program) has made a lot of progress. I think having more girls on the team has helped push us to be better," said Melega.
Not to be outdone, Ali Rentschler scored a singles win at No. 3 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Maggie Retscek.
In doubles play, Andrea James and Bonnie Froderman also enjoyed the victory with their 6-1, 6-0 decision and Olivia Kumpf teamed with Hannah Pond for a 6-3, 7-5 victory.
The conference clinching victory improves the Knights' record to 13-4 overall with Thursday's sectional opener set for 5 p.m.
Northview 5, Sullivan 0
#1 Singles: Jazmine Kellum (NV) vs. Mackenzie Simmons 6-3, 6-0
#2 Singles: Alliie Melega (NV) vs. Amber Dickerson 6-2, 6-0
#3 Singles: Ali Rentschler (NV) vs. Maggie Retscek 6-4, 6-4
#1 Doubles: Andrea James and Bonnie Froderman (NV) vs. Kim Venfeldt and Addie Ficklin, 6-1, 6-0
#2 Doubles Olivia Kumpf and Hannah Pond (NV) vs. Andrea Venfeldt and Heather Dickerson, 6-3, 7-5
Northview Girls' Tennis Sectional Schedule
Northview vs. Linton, 5 p.m.
Owen Valley vs. Greencastle, 5 p.m.
South Putnam vs. winner of match 1
Championship match, 10 a.m.