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 Lady Panther Netters Beat Tigers, Bulldogs

May 7, 2008 - Knightstown varsity girls tennis team whipped Hagerstown 4-1 and picked up a huge 3-2 White River Athletic Conference win over Lapel last week, improving their season record to 4-7.

Coach Cindy Hammer’s girls easily disposed of the Lady Tigers at Hagerstown. Nicole Newell defeated Katie Avery in number one singles 6-1 and 6-4. In number two singles, Crystal Heim beat Jessica Schaffner 6-0 and 6-2. Megan Grant lost to Sara Bruns in number three singles 1-6 and 2-6.

The number one doubles team of Laura McCaffrey and Brittney Driesbach picked up a dominating win over Alexandra Bell and Alivia Huffine 6-1, 6-4, to secure the victory for Knightstown. In number two doubles Lindsay Kennedy and Brittany Horth defeated Sydney Glover and Ashley Gearhardt in a marathon match 2-6, 6-2, and 6-3.

“Nicole (Newell) and Crystal (Heim) both played well tonight, especially in their first sets,” Hammer said. “They were aggressive in their shots and moved their opponent around the court. McCaffrey and Driesbach both played very well also winning in two sets. Kennedy and Horth struggled in the first set but came back in the second and third, playing with more intensity and movement to pull out a win.”

The Knightstown junior varsity fell in its match against Hagerstown 5-0. Lydia Long lost at number one singles to Shavon Watson 8-0. Cassie House fell at number two singles to Andrea Julian in a tough match, 8-6 at number two singles. Kayla Truax lost to Shavon Watson 8-2 in the number three spot.

At number one doubles, Pam Crawford and Nat Bangthamai lost to Allyson Gruell and Jennifer Webb 4-8, and at number two doubles Ashton Fox and Shayla Luellen fell to Karli Thompson and Kathryn Northkup 1-8.

“The junior varsity is struggling overall but most of them are improving all of the time,” Hammer said. “They are winning more games than they had the first of the season. Cassie House had a good match tonight working very hard to place the ball.”


Knightstown defeated Lapel 3-2 for its second straight win and fourth of the season.

Heim fell at number one singles to Lapel’s Jill Gentry in straight sets, 0-6 and 0-6. Grant then lost at number two singles 0-6 and 1-6. But Driesbach got things going with a win at number three singles 6-2, 5-7 and 6-0, providing a big boost to the team’s effort.

The number one doubles team of McCaffrey and Newell then defeated JoJo Gentry and Megan Peterson 6-1, 3-6 and 6-4.

Knightstown secured the match when Kennedy and Horth defeated Kate Goldsmith and Emily Shirley and number two doubles, 6-3 and 6-2.

“I was extremely proud of my girls tonight,” Hammer said. “They came back from Saturday’s loss to Lapel and pulled out a win. (Heim and Grant) worked much harder than their scores show. They both had very tough matches. Horth and Kennedy did their usual steady playing. McCaffrey and Newell had a good match overall and finished the third set to win with very aggressive placement of the ball. The match that sealed the win was Driesbach’s. Brittney stepped in to play singles for us tonight and did a great job, especially in her third set. She just shut out her opponent by consistent serving and good ball placement.” In the junior varsity match, Knightstown fell to Lapel 4-1.

The number one doubles team of Crawford and Bangthamai played a terrific match against Kayla Ellerman and Kylie Bowen, winning 9-7 on the tiebreaker.

Fox and Luellen lost 8-2 at number two doubles, as did Long at number one singles. House lost 8-1 and Truax fell 6-3 in a well-played match.

The girls hosted Union County Tuesday night and entertain Cambridge City Lincoln Thursday.


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