Sullivan girls win own invitational
Sullivan had four first-place finishes as the Lady Arrows won its own girls tennis invitational on Saturday.
The Lady Arrows had a winning total of 18 points. Owen Valley scored 15 points, Washington Catholic was third with 10 and White River Valley, who only had three players, scored seven.
“Last year, Owen Valley got us by a point,” said Sullivan coach Wes Kirk. “It was good to get a win against them this year.
“In the four years I have been here, we seem to go back and forth with Owen Valley with each of us winning it every other year.”
Brooke and Courtney Lueking dropped a first-round match at No. 1 doubles and ended up finishing third.
“They lost to a good doubles team from Owen Valley,” said Kirk. “But it was good to see them come back and get a win to place third.”
Kirk said this was the first time he remembers the Arrows taking first place in four of the five spots.
“The most we've won before was three,” he said. “The girls went out and focused and played some good tennis.
“Also I would like to give credit to the JV girls who stepped up and played in the positions where WRV did not have players, including Kaitlyn Vijil, Mackynzie Gerig, Cameron Page, Sophie Hurst and Brooklyn Coulson. It allowed us to keep everything moving along and no one had to wait between matches.”
On Friday at Lawrenceville, Illinois, host Vincennes Rivet edged Sullivan 3-2.
Annie Smith won at No. 3 singles and the Lueking sisters prevailed in straight sets at one doubles.
“This was a good close match between two good tennis teams,” said Kirk. “Annie came back from a set down to win a tiebreaker and then win the third set in a super tiebreaker.
“Brooke and Courtney played very well.”
Gerig won the only JV match in three sets.
Sullivan will play today at South Vermillion.
1. Sullivan, 18; 2. Owen Valley, 15; 3. Washington Catholic, 10; 4. WRV, 7.
No. 1 singles
Abbey Pirtle (S) d. Allie Goss (O), 6-2, 6-0
Pirtle (S) d. Hallie Leisher (W), 6-0, 6-0, first place.
No. 2 singles
Peyton Sisil (S) won by default.
Sisil (S) d. Lexi Fears (O), 6-4, 6-2, first place.
No. 3 singles
Abbie Smith (S) d. Maddi Goffrey (W), 6-0, 6-0
Smith (S) d. May Sebastian (O), 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 doubles
Makenzy Weis/Madson Briggs (O) d. Brooke Lueking/Courtney Lueking (S), 6-2, 6(W)-0
B. Lueking/C. Lueking (S) d. Iris Vicente/Erika Vega (W), 6-0, 6-0, third place.
No. 2 doubles
Sydney Greggs/Lexi Baker (S) d. Becca McCarty/Meletini Booth (W), 6-1, 6-0
Greggs/Baker (S) d. Hailey Frank/Elizabeth Johnson (O), 6-1, 6-2.
Vincennes Rivet 3, Sullivan 2
1. Bella Atkinson (V) d. Pirtle (SU), 6-4, 6-4
2. Macee Hamilton (V) d. Sisil (SU), 6-2, 6-2
3. Smith (SU) d. Lilly Waggoner (V), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 12-10.
1. B. Lueking/C. Lueking (SU) d. Maggie Earley/Madison Hatton (V), 6-3, 6-4.
2. Tia Tolbert/Avery Vantlin (V) d. Greggs/Baker (SU), 6-3, 6-1.
Sullivan 1, Rivet 0
Mackynzie Gerig (S) won 6-1, 5-7, 10-7