By Will Willems
The Zionsville girls tennis team was strong at the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Tournament Saturday, May 11, at Brownsburg High School.
The Eagles, ranked 21st in the state, lost only to 14th- ranked Fishers and 15th-ranked Hamilton Southeastern.
“Overall, this was a great day,” Zionsville head coach Matt Moore said. “We played excellent in all matches where we were clear favorites. Even in the matches we lost, we made major improvements from our previous scores against these opponents.”
Every Eagles spot finished in fourth place or higher.
Lauren Ward placed second at the No. 2 singles position. She defeated Westfield’s Lauren Schrader 6-1, 6-1, and HSE’s Megan Warren 6-2, 6-2, before falling to Fishers’ Caitlin Gardner 6-1, 6-2, in the final.
Also placing second were the No. 1 doubles tandem of Kelly Mattingly and Erin Cordill.
The duo defeated Avon’s Hillis and Pool 6-3, 6-2, and Noblesville’s Collyer and Hanlin 6-2, 6-2, before running into Fishers’ Ruthsatz and Hornett, losing 6-2, 6-1.
The No. 2 doubles spot placed third.
In round one, Allison Gruninger and Sophia Metzger topped Harrison’s Holm and Taylor 6-4, 7-5. In the second round, Gruninger and Metzger lost to HSE’s Hay and Cahlamer 6-3, 6-4.
In the third-place match, Gruninger and Lillie Heigl defeated Brownsburg’s Meade and Geldenhuis 6-3, 6-3.
At No. 1 singles, Candice Park placed fourth.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.