The Shelbyville tennis team turned in a dominant performance Thursday, dropping only 10 games on all five courts combined as it played host to the Lady Hornets of Beech Gove. The Lady Bears had a clean sweep with a 5-0 win.
Leading the way were both doubles courts for SHS. Senior Adeline Haacker and sophomore Emma Sandman continue to play well as a team and picked up a quick 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles.
The sophomore team of Karlie Lawson and Riley Lee earned a win at the No. 2 doubles slot 6-2, 6-1. Lawson and Lee are the most inexperienced players on the varsity roster as they gained no experience as freshman with the cancellation of the season due to COVID-19. They have steadily improved all season and are beginning to gel as a unit at the second doubles position.
In singles action, senior Gabbie Knox earned her third-straight win at No. 1 singles with a straight-set victory of 6-2, 6-2. Beech Grove’s Paige Lamar kept good pace on the ball and connected for some nice, down-the-line shots at times, but lacked consistency, opening the door for Knox to seal game wins and the eventual match.
Junior Jaidyn Tackett was in full command from the start of her No. 2 singles match, posting a shutout at 6-0, 6-0 over Beech Grove’s Jada Howard. Winning her fourth-straight match, the three-sport athlete at SHS had authoritative serves and well-placed ground strokes in the win.
Rounding out singles play, senior Grace Coomes proved experience and patience are a great combination for a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles. Coomes has played varsity singles since her freshman season and knows how to set up points to her advantage with good form and finesse.
SHS moved to 3-4 on the season (1-1 in HHC). The Golden Bears head to the Whiteland Invitational Saturday in a four-team lineup, facing host Whiteland in the first round followed by play against University and International High Schools of Indianapolis.