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Columbus North places 11th in DecoTurf High School Team Tennis event
April 9, 2011Columbus North High School
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Junior Rachael Miller won three singles matches in two days, helping the Columbus North girls tennis team to an 11th place finish in the 2011 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships.
The Bull Dogs went 2-1 in the event, dropping their first-round match 5-2 on Friday (April 8) to Notre Dame Academy of Park Hills, Ky. However, CN rebounded to defeat Fort Thomas (Ky.) Highlands 5-1 late Friday (April 8), then completed its on-court action with a 5-1 win over Nashville (Tenn.) Harpeth Hall on Saturday (April 9).
"For our first tournament, I'm very pleased with how we played," Columbus North coach Kendal Hammel said. "A number of teams here have been playing for two or three weeks, so for us to come in, for our first event, we had a lot of good play. Our first match, in particular -- it was so close that it could have changed the whole complexion of the tournament for us."
That match against Notre Dame Academy, last season's Kentucky state champion, lasted about four hours with five of the nine matches (the event format called for six singles matches each accounting for one point and three doubles matches accounting for a seventh point) going to a tie-breaker.
Miller won her match at No. 3 singles 4-6, 6-1, 10-4, but the Bull Dogs dropped all the others -- junior Allie Smith at No. 1 singles 7-6, 6-7, 6-10; junior Melissa Sanders at No. 5 singles 7-6, 3-6, 4-10; junior Julie Reece at No. 6 singles 3-6, 6-2, 5-10; and Miller and Sanders at No. 2 doubles 8-9.
CN's other win against Notre Dame Academy came at No. 1 doubles where junior Allie Smith and senior Grace Yonushonis prevailed 9-7.
Columbus North's second match started past 10 p.m., but it came back to capture five of six singles matches. Smith, Miller, junior Jaewon Jung, Sanders and Reece all won to clinch the match as 1 a.m. approached, so the doubles matches were not played.
Saturday morning, the Bull Dogs forfeited a match against Sewanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge because the IHSAA mileage rule does not allow Indiana schools to play an opponent from more than 300 miles from the Indiana border.
CN the closed the event Saturday afternoon with five wins in six singles positions against Nashville (Tenn.) Harpeth Hall. Yonushonis, Miller, Jung, Sanders and Reece all prevailed, clinching the match and negating the need for the doubles to be played.
"I'm so pleased with how we came back late Friday and again (Saturday)," Hammel said. "Even our girls who typically play only doubles, they came out and did really well in their singles matches. This is a performance that will help us as we continue with our season."
The Bull Dogs return to action at 4:30 p.m. Monday when they host Columbus East.
Team score: Park HIlls (Ky.) Notre Dame Academy 5, Columbus North 2
No. 1 singles: Allie Smith lost 7-6, 6-7, 6-10
No. 2 singles: Grace Yonushonis won 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 singles: Rachael Miller won 4-6, 6-1, 10-4
No. 4 singles: Jaewon Jung lost 3-6 2-6
No. 5 singles: Melissa Sanders lost 7-6, 3-6, 4-10
No. 6 singles: Julie Reece lost 3-6, 6-2, 5-10
No. 1 doubles: Smith-Yonushonis won 9-7
No. 2 doubles: Miller-Sanders lost 8-9 (7)
No. 3 doubles: Reece-Jung lost 3-8
Team score: Columbus North 5, Fort Thomas (Ky.) Highlands 1
No. 1 singles: Allie Smith won 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 singles: Grace Yonushonis lost 2-6, 4-6
No. 3 singles: Rachael Miller won 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 singles: Jaewon Jung won 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 singles: Melissa Sanders won 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 singles: Julie Reece won 6-4, 6-3
Doubles not played
Team score: Columbus North 5, Nashville (Tenn.) Harpeth Hall 1
No. 1 singles: Allie Smith lost 4-6, 3-6
No. 2 singles: Grace Yonushonis won 2-6, 7-6, 10-8
No. 3 singles: Rachael Miller won 6-4, 4-6, 10-6
No. 4 singles: Jaewon Jung won 4-6, 6-1, 10-7
No. 5 singles: Melissa Sanders won 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 singles: Julie Reece won 6-7, 6-3, 10-0
Doubles not played