Wednesday NPHS wrapup: Tennis beats FC; GSOC falls to Yorktown
September 4, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
The Dragons knocked off a solid Franklin Central team Wednesday afternoon in a razor-thin match that was decided in a close third set.
Brent Barrett and Connor Swain each won 6-1 6-0 at singles. The Dragons also got a win from Ben Farley/Shayan Khokhar at No. 2 doubles 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 that clinched the match.
FC was a bit shorthanded due to injuries and other reasons, but it was still a big win for the Dragons.
"With everybody there, it's a top-10 team," NP coach Chris Hardin said of the Flashes. "We felt it was good getting the win, but at the same time, we still have some areas we need to work on."
The Dragon JV won 8-6.
NP (5-2) next plays Thursday against HHC foe Shelbyville.
New Palestine dropped a 1-0 decision to Yorktown Wednesday evening on the road.
The Dragons dominated possession, but the Tigers were able to score midway through the second half and make the goal stand up.
"We were unable to find the back of the net with our 30+ shots that either sailed wide, over or were stopped but their keeper," NP coach Gina Fannin said. "Our girls played very well tonight. We had great passes, good communication, and outstanding teamwork. This was a game that you hate to walk away from without the win because they played so well together."
Fannin cited the strong play of Madison Parish in the midfield and Grace Carmichael on defense in the Dragons' favor.
The Dragons (1-5-1, 0-1 HHC) next play Saturday at Columbus East. The varsity start time has been moved to noon, with the JV game to be played afterwards.
NP won 5-0 in a half-length JV match, with Katie Settergren scoring four goals.