Frankfort - The seventh ranked Zionsville girls tennis team had no problems in winning the program’s 19th-straight sectional title.
The Eagles capped it off Saturday with a 5-0 win against Western Boone, and throughout the week needed just more than two hours combined to win their three sectional matches.
But while the matches may have been quick, the Eagles were able to work on a lot of aspects of their games at a crucial point of the season, and that is what pleased head coach Stephanie Reece.
"The girls played well," Reece said. "We told them this was an opportunity to work on things that they have been working on that they maybe haven't been able to execute in some of their closer matches. Nobody had any mental lapses, which was good because that could be easy to do, especially playing in some matches that didn't have as much pace as they were used to. The girls had to adjust to a little less pace, and played within themselves."
The closest match of the day came at No. 2 doubles, where Zionsville's Sierra Allen and Sophie Regele got a good challenge in the first set from Western Boone's Molly Kinsey and Marli Ransom, winning 6-3, then won 6-0 in the second set.
The Stars pairing was different from what they had been using most of the season, with Ransom filling in for Rylee Ramsey.
"We have always really believed in Marli and she has a bright future," Western Boone head coach Colin Haney said. "She played in a varsity tournament earlier in the year, and we knew what she is capable of. She just continues to prove that."
At No. 1 singles, Sophie Herrman topped Maggie Klingensmith 6-0, 6-0 and at No. 2 singles, Brittany Jones defeated Lindsey Coffman 6-0, 6-0.
The Stars forfeited at No. 3 singles.
Of the 14 played matches the Eagles had in the sectional, they dropped just six games.
"When you get this far into the season, they are match tough," Reece said. "They know how to set each other up in doubles and the singles girls did a really good job of using their angles and coming in a little more. That was good, because they all need to get better playing the net, and they really played pretty well there, really for the last couple of weeks."
At No. 1 doubles, Lauren Campbell and Simryn Kapur defeated Kate Coffman and Grace Kumler 6-0, 6-1.
On the season, Western Boone finished the year 14-5, winning a share of the Sagamore Conference title and setting the school record for consecutive wins at seven.
"I am proud of the team and the body of work they put in this year," Haney said. "We were running through a list of our team accomplishments earlier, and this is definitely the best year we have had as a program in a very long time."
The Eagles will play the winner of Covenant Christian and Ben Davis in the Avon Regional Tuesday.
Park Tudor against the winner of Brownsburg and Avon will be the other semifinal.
"We just have to play solid, be consistent and we can't give away free points," Reece said. "If they have a high unforced error number and a low first-serve percentage, that will hurt us. That will be huge."