Following a tough outing the previous night at Triton Central, the Shelbyville girls’ tennis team responded with an impressive win over Columbus East.
The Golden Bears beat the Olympians, 4-1, winning both doubles contest and two of three singles.
“Tonight being able to come out and pull that win out, it was good for our girls,” coach Ashley Comstock said, noting the team has three seniors and one junior but have several inexperienced players. “Being able to get that confidence and that experience, it was good for us to get the win.”
Shelbyville entered the season with some experience returning, but having missed 2020 because of the season being canceled due to the pandemic, the sophomores are essentially freshmen on the court, she said.
“Some girls just play during the spring so they took the whole year off,” she said.
Grace Coomes beat Katie Hong 7-6, (7-5), 6-1 to secure the win for the Golden Bears.
“She did a really good job,” Comstock said. “For her to come out that second set, kick it in gear, for her to finish strong was good.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Emma Sandman and Renee Aldridge beat Cassidy Schur and Shruthika Kumar 6-4, 6-2. And the No. 2 doubles team of Karlie Lawson and Riley Lee put an exclamation mark on the evening, holding onto the first set 6-4 before picking up an emphatic 6-2 win in the second over Monica Burton and Kaley Rieckers 7-5, 6-7 (7-2), 6-3.
Jaidyn Tackett also won at No. 2 singles over Catherine Millwood, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 1 singles player Gabbie Knox lost a tough match to Ayano Nomura 4-6, 3-6.
“We’ve been telling Gabby, ‘you play the best player on the team every night,’’ Comstock said. (Nomura) was very tough.”
Shelbyville travels to Mt. Vernon (Fortville) for a 5 p.m. contest today. Following a match at Waldron on Monday, the Golden Bears will be back at home at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Seymour.