Zionsville Times Sentinel

May 28, 2014

Zionsville keeps sectional streak alive

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — The Zionsville tennis team won their 14th-straight sectional title Saturday morning.

The Eagles topped county rival Lebanon 5-0 to advance to the Plainfield Regional.

"It never gets old getting that sectional trophy," Lebanon head coach Matt Moore said. "This is the first step in many that our girls look forward to making this postseason. It starts with the sectional and now we move on to the regional."

Moore said that the team takes a lot of pride in keeping the sectional title streak alive.

"It is something that means a lot to them," he said. "It is obviously in the back of their minds, but we as coaches remind them that playing hard in each individual match is what leads to streaks. We came out today against Lebanon and I thought played solid at all five positions. Because of that, we were able to keep that streak alive."

For Lebanon, although the final score was 5-0, the match was closer than that in several areas.

Two sets went to tiebreaks, and numerous other points were close.

"I think everybody came out and did a great job today," Lebanon head coach Lisa Erwin said. "There were a lot of deuces and a lot of hard fought points. I am just really proud of their play. Our girls knew what they were capable of and they weren't intimidated."

Erwin said there were a few factors that allowed Zionsville to win some of the close points.

"It was different in different matches," Erwin said. "It was maturity in some matches, composure in others. Then athleticism in others."

At No. 1 singles, Zionsville's Candice Park topped Lebanon's Sarah Curts 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

"Sarah just leaves it all out there," Erwin said. "She just gives it her all. She wanted to beat Candice today. Each year they have matched up together and it is hard for her to lose to her. I think she really wanted to fight today and make her last match everything she wanted it to be."

For more of this story, read the May 28 edition of the Times Sentinel.