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 Netters Get First Win of Season

April 30, 2008 - Knightstown’s varsity girls tennis team picked up its first win of the season, defeating Morristown last week 3-2.

In number one singles, Lady Panther Nicole Newell defeated Kayla Schmidt 6-2, 0-6, 7-6, winning the tiebreaker by a 12-9 margin.

Crystal Heim picked up a win in number two singles, beating Emily Craig 6-3 and 6-2. In number three singles, Megan Grant fell to Maria Montarsi 0-6 and 1-6. The number one doubles team of Laura McCaffrey and Brittney Driesbach defeated Stephanie Smith and Sarah Rasnick 6-4 and 6-4 to secure the Knightstown in the match. In number two doubles, Lindsey Kennedy and Brittany Horth lost to Lauran Cassidy and Courtney Medina 3-6 and 4-6.

In the junior varsity match, Knightstown lost a hard-fought battle to the Lady Yellow Jackets 4-3.

In number one singles, Lydia Long lost to Olivia McPherson, but the Lady Panthers rebounded quickly. Brianna Spence won at number two, 8-3 over Emily Schenck, and Cassie House picked up an 8-5 victory over Allison Swinehart.

At number four singles, Kayla Truax lost to Olivia McPherson 8-4, and Megan Hall fell to Emily Schenck 8-4 at number five singles.

Pam Crawford and Nat Bangthamai picked up a win for Knightstown at number one doubles, and in the second doubles match, Ashton Fox and Shayla Luellen fell to Lyndey White and Megan Deardorff 6-3.

“Everyone stepped up tonight and played better than they’ve been playing,” coach Cindy Hammer said. “My doubles team of McCaffrey and Driesbach started us off and spurred the others on for a team win. Crystal (Heim) had a great match winning in two. She controlled her offense and stayed aggressive throughout the match.

“The big winner of the night was Nicole (Newell). She pulled out a tough tiebreaker and showed that she could stay mentally tough until the end. I was really happy for her tonight. Her win gave us the team win.”


The Lady Panthers fell to 1-3 on the season by losing to Greenfield-Central 5-0.

Newell lost in number one singles to Sarah Greenwalt 5-7, 0-6, and Heim fell in the number two singles spot 3-6, 2-6 to Kierra Leary.

Megan Grant also lost in the number three spot to Krista Leary 0-6, 0-6.

In doubles play, Driesbach Kennedy lost to Ariel Morelock and Tessa Tillett 1-6, 3-6, while Long and Spency fell to Betsy Galbraith and Danessa Molinder 2-6, 0-6. The junior varsity also lost to Greenfield 5-0.

“This was a tough match for everyone tonight, although there were some bright spots,” Hammer said. “My girls were working at mixing up their shots and I saw some very good serving.”


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