Avon — The Zionsville girls tennis team has dominated the Hoosier Crossroads Conference all season long.
They have beaten all seven HCC foes, going 33-2 in the process. Saturday, they used that dominance to claim an HCC title, scoring 41 points, nine ahead of second-place HSE.
"This was a goal for the girls, and they played well," Zionsville head coach Stephanie Reece said. "All the matches were close today, and we were able to get a couple of big wins. All around it was just a good effort and everybody should be feeling confident because we have had a lot of good matches."
Due to bad weather, the HCC Tournament ended up being a two-week affair for teams.
Last week, Zionsville was able to put all five positions into the championship match of their flight, putting themselves in great position to win the tournament.
For the second-straight season, the Eagles swept the doubles titles.
At No. 1 doubles, Lauren Campbell and Simryn Kapur defeated Westfield's Meredith Carlson and Maya Raymond 6-0, 6-1 and Franklin Central's Brooklyn Schiffli and Carley Sobieralski 6-0, 6-1 to reach the final.
In the final, they faced HSE's Jeorgia Templin and Taylor Clearly and won the first set 6-1, before losing the final three games in the second set to lost it 6-4. In the super tiebreaker third set, the Eagles tandem dominated to win 10-3 and clinch the championship.
"They played a great tiebreaker, and that is something we have done well as a team in general," Reece said. "That is huge. When it is first to 10, you have to be ready because if you dig yourself a hole you are in trouble."
At No. 2 doubles, Sierra Allen and Sophie Regele topped Westfield's Maddien Hellmann and Katy Zaloudek 6-1, 6-3 and then Fishers' Katherine Hutchinson and Claire Blake 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final.
There they played Franklin Central's Devin Cooney and Sabrina Mullen, who had beaten the Eagle team in the regular season. This time Allen and Regele won, winning a close first set 7-6 (7-4) before cruising in the second 6-2.
"To beat (Cooney and Mullen) after losing to them a couple weeks ago was huge," Reece said. "We made a lot less errors in this match and that made a huge difference."
The third Eagle champion came at No. 2 singles from senior Brittany Jones.
Jones topped Noblesville's Alli Maskew 6-0, 6-2 and Avon's Grace Smith 7-5, 6-4 to reach the final.
There, she met the only conference player to beat her this season in HSE's Adalyn DeWitt, and came away with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win to claim the conference title at 2 singles.
"This was really big for her," Reece said. "When they played before it was only our second match of the season, but we knew she would play a little better the second time with a little more match play. It was a close match, and (Adalyn) played well too. Every time Brittany would get up, she would come back and made Brittany earn it. Brittany was up 5-2, then had match points at 5-4 and 6-5, but had to regroup for the tiebreak, which isn't easy, but she did a good job."
At No. 1 singles, Zionsville's Sophie Herrman also earned all-conference honors after placing second.
She advanced to the final by beating Noblesville's Nadi Randolph 6-0, 6-0 and Franklin Central's Lydia Laker 6-0, 6-1.
In the final she faced Fishers' Lucy Loy, and lost 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).
"Sophie played much better in the second set," Reece said. "Sophie maybe didn't play her best, but Lucy came out and played aggressive. That is what Sophie needs to build on, you can find a way to win when you aren't playing your best. She nearly won that second set, and she can build on that."
At No. 3 singles, Rachel Mingus placed second for the Eagles.
She defeated Noblesville's Maggie Thomas 6-0, 6-0 and Avon's Yamana Uno 6-3, 6-1 to reach the final.
In the final, she fell to HSE's Tea Vrkic 6-1, 6-4.
The Eagles will face Brebeuf on Monday, then start sectional play in the middle of the week. The sectional has been moved to Frankfort this year because of the poor conditions of Lebanon's courts.
"I think the girls know that we can win at every position, and that's huge," Reece said. "They have been able to beat some people they lost to, and that's big too. The girls are match tough, they are ready, and they are confident."