Several outstanding performances by Eagle seniors highlighted a 6-1 victory over Pendleton Heights on Senior Day.
Four seniors gained their first career varsity victories in Monday evening’s match, which was played under sunny skies and high-70s temperatures.
Picking up their first career varsity victories were Eden Richey at No. 1 doubles, Olivia Miller at No. 2 doubles, and Hannah McDowell/Lizzy Thomas at No. 3 doubles.
McDowell and Thomas dropped the first set 2-6, but rallied to win 6-2 and 6-3 in the final two sets of the 2-hour, 45-minute match.
Richey partnered with senior Maggie Hunt to win 6-2, 6-1, while Miller partnered with senior Madelyn Haley to win 6-1, 6-2.
Another senior, Katie Alexander, won easily at No. 4 singles to improve her career varsity record to 3-0.
Junior Janet Wegener played No. 2 singles and won 6-4, 6-1. Sophomore Gabby Knight won at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0.
Pendleton Heights senior Abby Cruser improved her season record to 14-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Delta senior Gwendolyn Clark at No. 1 singles.
The JV team won 4-1. Seniors Anna Cardemon and Ava Fallon won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles. Seniors Sarah Haney and Sara Longoni dropped a 5-8 decision at No. 2 doubles.
All 12 seniors were honored in a pre-match ceremony. All 12 are planning to attend college, with choices of Indiana University, Purdue University, Butler University, the University of Kentucky, and Miami (Ohio) University. Seven of the 12 seniors rank among the top 20 in the academic standings for the Class of 2022.
The 22nd-ranked Eagles are now 10-4 overall and 4-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. The team travels to Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran for a match at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Zollner Stadium courts.
- Gwen Clark lost 3-6, 3-6
- Janet Wegener won 6-4, 6-1
- Gabby Knight won 6-0, 6-0
- Katie Alexander won 6-0, 6-1
- Maggie Hunt/Eden Richey won 6-2, 6-1
- Madelyn Haley/Olivia Miller won 6-1, 6-2
- Hannah McDowell/Lizzy Thomas won 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
- Kelsey Vest won 6-0
- Caitlyn Kirby won 6-1
- Anna Cardemon/Ava Fallon won 8-1
- Sarah Haney/Sara Longoni lost 5-8
- Rylen Jones/Emily Hayes won 6-0