Tennis

 The Zionsville tennis seniors pose before their match on Monday, May 6.

It was almost a senior night to remember for the 10th-ranked Zionsville girls tennis team.

The Eagles pushed second-ranked Carmel to brink, but ultimately fell 3-2 in the match.

The Eagles got a win at No. 1 singles from Sophie Herrman, who topped Sydney Morris 7-5, 6-0.

Zionsville also won at No. 2 doubles. Sophie Regele and Sierra Allen were trailing 0-6, 1-3 against Selena Liu and Katelyn Conley, but won on injury default.

“I knew we were going to be competitive in doubles and would have a chance to win,” Zionsville head coach Stephanie Reece said. “It was bad luck for their No. 2 doubles team, you never want to see someone go down with an injury and we were getting beat in that match, but our girls were hanging in there and trying to get it back. It was a good test for Sophie too. She hasn’t really been tested in matches in the last couple of weeks, and it was good to see her battle through a tough first set and then play really well in the second.”

The Greyhounds got straight-set wins at No. 2 singles from Apurva Manas over Brittany Jones and at No. 3 singles from Emma Brune against Rachel Mingus.

That left the match at No. 1 doubles to decide it. Zionsville’s team of Lauren Campbell and Simryn Kapur and Carmel’s tandem of Lauren Littell and Leila Anthony each won a set 7-5 to send it to a deciding third set.

Campbell and Kapur were up 4-2 in the third, and serving, but lost four-straight games to end it.

“That’s our first loss of the season there, and it was back-and-forth,” Reece said. “They got a little tight, then we got a little tight up 4-2 in the third and that’s part of learning. Until you play more close matches like that, you don’t know how you are going to react in those situations. The next time we play a close match and nerves start to come in, we know how to work through it.”

Before the match, the Eagles honored their 10 seniors — Hannah Beck, Ryann Bowers, Mary Heigl, August Hubbard, Brittany Jones, Simryn Kapure, Nupur Patel, Taylor Serbin, Jeannie Skutt and Erin Thimjon.

Reece said that while they may not have all been varsity contributors, they made an impact in the program.

“There is a lot of seniors who are at the top of JV and play year round,” Reece said. “What has happened because of that is that the program has gotten stronger. Everybody has gotten better and they have improved too. They have all contributed, if they haven’t been high in the line-up. They play wherever we ask them too, they support their teammates and it is great sport for life. Hopefully this program has given them some good life lessons and they are happy with all the hard work they have put in.”

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