Terre Haute North came up one set short of qualifying for the state finals on Saturday in the high school girls tennis semistate at Center Grove High School.
Sixth-ranked Greenwood earned a 3-2 victory over North by winning a three-set thriller at No. 2 doubles with every point drawing applause from one side or the other.
“Our girls came out and performed exceptionally well, considering we only had one girl, Laura [Mascari], that had ever been to this point in the state tournament. The way the rest of our younger girls played today, they played with a lot of composure, played solid,” North coach Jeff Farmer said.
Park Tudor shut out Richmond 5-0 in other semistate match. Park Tudor and Greenwood will meet on Friday in the state quarterfinals at Center Grove.
North finished the season 15-3.
“I’m disappointed we came up a little bit short there at the end, but I can’t expect any more out of our two doubles team. They pulled us out of a hole a couple of times this year and came up just a little bit short today,” Farmer said.
With the match score tied 2-2, all eyes and voices were behind either North’s No. 2 doubles team of freshman Molly Farmer and sophomore Kyla Jarvis or Greenwood’s team of Abby Chatham, a sophomore, and Madison Guadian, a senior.
Farmer and Jarvis won the first set 7-5, but Greenwood’s duo took the second set 6-3. After three service breaks in a row, Greenwood held serve to take a 3-1 lead. North held serve to make it 3-2, but could not win again.
“Greenwood grabbed the momentum just at the right time and they were able to take that energy through that third set,” coach Farmer said.
North’s first point of the day came from the No. 1 doubles team of Samantha Dougherty and Caroline Potter with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Greenwood’s Alison Youngman and Joanna Moran.
“I’m so excited. I think this is the best we’ve played all season,” Potter said.
Coach Farmer agreed.
“Our No. 1 doubles team came out and played their smartest and best match they have played all year. They didn’t over-hit the ball. Put the ball in the right spots on the court,” Farmer said.
North grabbed the momentum by winning the first three games of the match.
“When we get up 3-0 we have the momentum, but you can’t let it get to your head and start thinking about the score too much or you’ll forget to play your game,” Dougherty said.
North’s second point came from senior Laura Mascari, who played with her normal patience, waiting for the opponent to make the mistake. Mascari won 6-3, 6-1.
“Throughout the match I just didn’t want to give up. It feels good to fight for every point and come out with a win,” Mascari said.
That point tied the match 2-2 and sent everyone to court No. 4 for the deciding match.
North’s Hannah Rudolph and Meredith Egan went into the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches as big underdogs. Greenwood’s Jade Kawamoto, playing No. 1, and her twin sister Jackie Kawamoto, playing No. 2, are both 23-0. And Jackie Kawamoto, who played No. 1 last year, is the defending state champion.
Jade Kawamoto topped Rudolph 6-0, 6-1, and Jackie Kawamoto beat Egan 6-0, 6-0.
“I’m so proud of the way [Rudolph and Egan] played because they kept [the Kawamoto sisters] out there a long time. [Rudolph and Egan] probably played as well as they have played all year, but of course when you’re playing the state champ and her twin sister you’re in for a difficult challenge,” Farmer said.
Greenwood 3, Terre Haute North 2
Singles — Jade Kawanmoto (G) def. Hannah Rudolph (THN) 6-0, 6-1; Jackie Kawamoto (G) def. Meredith Egan (THN) 6-0, 6-0; Laura Mascari (THN) def. Makenzie Estem (G) 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles — Samantha Dougherty-Caroline Potter (THN) def. Alison Youngman-Joanna Moran (G) 6-1, 6-1; Abby Chatham-Madison-Guadian (G) def. Molly Farmer-Kyla Jarvis (THN) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Next — Greenwood will play Park Tudor at Center Grove on Friday in the IHSAA quarterfinals. Terre North finished the season 15-3.