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Columbus North girls tennis wins 17th regional title
May 23, 2012Columbus North High School
SEYMOUR, Ind. -- Senior Allie Smith took charge at No. 1 singles Wednesday (May 23), leading the Columbus North girls tennis team to a 4-1 win over Greensburg and the championship of the Greensburg Regional.
The No. 23 Bull Dogs improved to 16-8 with the victory and earned a spot in the Jasper Semistate at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 26) against No. 5 host Jasper (18-2). The winner of that match will advance to the quarterfinal round of the State Finals at 3 p.m. June 1 at Carmel against the winner of the Fort Wayne Concordia #1 semistate winner.
Against Greensburg (15-3), Smith blitzed the Pirates' Sara Kramer with a 6-0, 6-0 decision.
Classmates Rachael Miller, Melissa Sanders, Jaewon Jung and Julie Reece were nearly as efficient. Miller and Sanders defeated Greensburg's Lindsey Louder and Vanessa Lawrence 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles, while Jung and Reece topped the Pirates' Claire Welage and Alexus Bailey 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Whitney Olibo added the final point for CN, beating Greensburg's Danielle Schroeder 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
"We won our three main spots right away," Bull Dogs coach Kendal Hammel said of No. 1 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles. "We are looking forward to going back to semistate again. Our seniors have been there all four years."
The regional crown is the fifth in a row for Columbus North and its 17th overall. Jasper is in the semistate for the first time since 2009.
Columbus North 4, Greensburg 1
S1: Allie Smith (CN) d. Sara Kramer (G) 6-0, 6-0
S2: Whitney Olibo CN) d. Danielle Schroeder (G) 6-3, 6-2
S3: Kaeli Fong (G) d. Rosemary Yonushonis 6-3, 6-2
D1: Rachael Miller / Melissa Sanders CN) d. Lindsey Louder / Vanessa Lawrence (G) 6-1, 6-1
D2: Julie Reece / Jaewon Jung CN) d. Claire Welage / Alexus Bailey (G) 6-0, 6-2
Columbus North individual records
Allie Smith, 16-7 at No. 1 singles
Whitney Olibo, 10-12 at No. 2 singles and 1-1 at No. 3 singles
Rosemary Yonushonis, 6-10 at No. 3 singles and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles
Rachael Miller, 21-2 at No. 1 doubles
Melissa Sanders, 21-2 at No. 1 doubles
Jaewon Jung, 20-2 at No. 2 doubles and 1-1 at No. 2 singles
Julie Reece, 22-2 at No. 2 doubles