Times Sports Editor
GREENCASTLE -- The Northview Knights celebrated Senior Night in style and dry despite the efforts of Mother Nature to dampen the festivities against Danville on Wednesday night.
The Knights moved the match to the indoor facility at DePauw University and honored four seniors before play began.
Singles players, Allie Melega and Ali Rentschler were honored along with doubles players, Bonnie Froderman and Allison Stearley.
All four were victorious in their matches as Northview swept to a 5-0 win against the Warriors.
The senior group has had a successful season, compiling a combined 39-11 mark this year as Northview improved to 10-2 overall in matches.
Coach Emily Goff admitted that this group is a special one following the match.
"This group of seniors is really special, considering they were freshman when I took over as head coach," Goff said.
"The previous coach, Tom West, really built the program up and over the past four years, the numbers have been high," Goff added.
On Wednesday night, the change of venue did little to slow down the Knights' charge to another victory.
Melega jumped ahead quickly on Hayley Smith, grabbing a 3-0 lead in the opening set and held a 4-1 advantage late and posted a 6-1, 6-3 win to get the Knights started at No. 1 singles.
Having stepped into the No. 1 spot this year, Melega hasn't missed a step in improving to 10-3 this year.
"Allie Melega has really started to step up her game this year," Goff said. "She is a great athlete and very coachable. She will definitely be missed at No. 1 singles."
Rentschler had to battle from behind in the opening game of her match, falling behind 4-3 and 5-4 before rallying for an exciting 7-6 win. The Knights' senior No. 2 singles player then cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set.
"Ali Rentschler has always had a great attitude and gives it everything she has when she is playing," Goff said. "She has really improved over the past four years."
Froderman teamed with Lauren Reberger at No. 1 doubles and shot to a 6-0 whitewash of the first set before posting a 6-3 win in the second for the victory.
"Bonnie Froderman is a great player and really knows the game of tennis," her coach said. "She has always played better at doubles, which has been proven again this year. She has done a great job at #1 doubles," Goff added.
At No. 2 doubles, Stearley and Kaci Kehrt posted a 6-0, 6-3 win over Helen Wever and Kaci Cornelius.
Goff was quick to point out how well that Stearley works with her teammate, Kehrt, in doubles play. The two have posted an 11-2 mark this season.
"Allison Stearley has had a great season so far at No. 2 doubles. Allison and Kaci really work well together and have a great record," Goff said.
At No. 3 singles, Hannah Pond made short work of Anne Furlong, scoring a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Afterwards, Goff admitted that losing a talented group of seniors will be tough to replace.
"This group of seniors has improved tremendously since their freshman year," Goff said. "They have put a lot of hard work and time into our program and it has really shown this year. They are a great group of seniors, who have a bright future ahead of them."
Northview 5, Danville 0
No. 1: Allie Melega (Nv) wins over Hayley Smith (Dv), 6-1, 6-3
No. 2: Ali Rentschler (Nv) wins over Vanessa Zickman (Dv), 7-6, 6-2
No. 3: Hannah Pond (Nv) wins over Anne Furlong (Dv), 6-1, 6-0
No. 1: Lauren Reberger and Bonnie Froderman (Nv) wins over Whitney Vaenzager and Hilary Carpenter (Dv), 6-0, 6-3
No. 2: Allison Stearley and Kaci Kehrt (Nv) wins over Helen Wever and Kaci Cornelius (Dv), 6-0, 6-3
Northview 7, Danville 3
No. 1: Carli Coughanowr (Nv) wins over Sarah Meier (Dv), 6-0
No. 2: Chloe Burdette (Nv) wins over Malia McGovern (Dv), 6-1
No. 3: Conner Reinoehl (Nv) wins over Staci Thompson (Dv), 6-0
No. 1: Briana Cook and Lizzie Emmert (Nv) wins over Lydia Marsh and Julia Marsh (Dv), 6-1
No. 2: Justine Farris and Alyssa Clarke (Nv) wins over Katie Ott and Hannah Everling (Dv), 6-0
Next match: The Northview varsity (10-2 overall) is off until sectional play next week while the JV plays at Terre Haute North tonight.