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Lady Mustangs continue with a winning tradition

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By The Staff

GOSHEN – The North Oldham High School Lady Mustangs tennis team has opened the season with five straight dual match wins in their quest for a fourth straight Eighth Region championship.

The Lady Mustangs, who finished tied for fourth in the state championships last year, defeated South Oldham 4-1 last Thursday and followed that win up with a decisive 5-0 win over Fern Creek on Monday.

In between, Coach Todd Arterburn fielded three separate squads at three separate sites over the weekend in participating in the King of the Bluegrass Championship Tournament in Jefferson County and concurrently in the Jeffersonville Classic at Jeffersonville and New Albany high schools.

Arterburn is fielding a 29-girl roster this season that can be challenging in providing meaningful playing time and experience for his players.

“Despite several rain-outs, we’ve been able to fit nearly everyone in matches so far to give our players match experience while having fun at the same time”, Arterburn said.

Auterburn was able to provide 19 players with tournament match experience over the weekend, and another six against Fern Creek on Monday.

Having already defeated regional rivals Oldham County and Shelby County earlier in the season, North Oldham, led by junior state runner-up singles player Lauren Kline dispatched SOHS at the NOHS courts. Kline and junior Lauren Renaud won at number one and two singles while SOHS junior Isabel Andreason defeated Abby Belknap in three sets at number three singles.

In doubles, the NOHS team of Stephanie Townsend and Rachel Wurster took the number one doubles court while Stacey Schal and Katie Wampler prevailed in second court doubles.

NOHS finished third of 16 teams participating in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament held at several locations in Jefferson County. The format for the tournament was team-against-team, with each team consisting of two singles players and one doubles tandem. Lauren Renaud and Abby Belknap represented the team at singles and defending regional champions Stephanie Townsend and Rachel Wurster played doubles for the Lady Mustangs.

“We had good wins against good teams in the tournament”, said Arterburn. “Including a big win over Greenwood which won their region last year in the Bowling Green area.”

The Lady Mustangs defeated Greenwood 2-1 with Belknap capturing a singles court and Townsend/Wurster edging Ashley Edwards and Jessica Adams in a close 7-5, 7-6 (1) match.

Elizabethtown High School took both singles courts to defeat NOHS in the semifinals with the Townsend/Wurster duo easily defeating their opponents. NOHS then defeated Manual in the third place match with wins by Abby Belknap and the Townsend/Wurster team.

The OCHS Lady Colonels defeated Holy Cross 2-1 in the consolation semifinals, led by a singles win by Lacey Wilkey with Robin Clark and Lydia Clore capturing the doubles court. Presentation then earned the consolation round final by taking all three courts from OCHS.

Townsend, Wurster, and Belknap were named to the all tournament team comprising seven players.

In Indiana, NOHS’ No. 2 doubles team of senior Stacey Schal and junior Katie Wampler took fourth place in the doubles first division, winning the back draw championship in three sets against a tough Martinsville, IN. team. Seniors Kailey Kilmartin and Courtney Perkins advanced to the semifinals in the regular draw with a three set win over Paoli in the first round of second division doubles.

Taylor Hayes, Kristen Lott, and Blair Eberhardt each gained valuable singles experience against seasoned Indiana prep competitors during the tournament.

Arterburn’s JV team competed at New Albany Saturday and earned a third place finish. Spencer Outlaw finished second at No. 1 singles to lead the squad of Rachel Hill, Mallory Love, Mellissa Ackerman, Annie Wannamaker, Kelly McCormick and Heather Spencer.

Results against Fern Creek on Monday at NOHS:

Singles: 1. Caitlin Hickey (NO) d. Nichole Gambrall 6-1, 6-0. Spencer Outlaw (NO) d. Lydia Millard 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Savannah Smith (NO) d. Amber Smith 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: 1. Sarah Florer and Blair Eberhardt (NO) d. Velise McAtee and Jehcarra Green 6-2, 6-0. Jennifer Mandel/Madalena Pierangelano (NO) d. Britany King/Kristy Roberticcio 6-0, 6-1.