Dover — The Western Boone Stars narrowly lost their own invitational last year, losing in a tiebreak in the final match of the day.
This year, the Stars made sure it didn’t happen again.
Western Boone won a pair of 3-2 matches on Saturday against Lafayette Central Catholic and Fountain Central to win their invitational.
“It was a great day for the girls,” Western Boone head coach Colin Haney said. “Last year we came up a little short at our invitational, so this year the goal was to come away with the trophy. We are happy that we are able to do that.”
All day long, the players had to deal with strong winds and cold temperatures.
Haney said it wasn’t a big factor in the sense that all teams had to deal with it, but it took some adjusting.
“We came out a little earlier than normal to get adjusted to it,” Haney said. “Depending on what side of the court you were on, your strategy had to completely change. Early on, we had some problems adjusting to it, but it got better and we were able to take care of business.”
Western Boone won their first match of the day against Carroll by forfeit, but then faced Fountain Central in the second match of the day.
With the score tied at 2, the match came down to No. 1 singles.
Western Boone’s Maggie Klingensmith had lost the first set to Hannah Hudson 6-4, but won the second 6-2 to force a third set.
In the third set, she won the super tiebreak 10-7 to clinch the match.
“She has played like a true No. 1 this year and we expect big things from her,” Haney said. “She continues to perform and she did a great job handling pressure today and coming through when the team needed her. With two tough 3-2 matches, it really took everybody to win.”
The final match of the day was against Lafayette Central Catholic and also came down to No. 1 singles.
There wasn’t as much drama this time, as Klingensmith topped Lexi Gaeta 6-2, 6-1 to clinch the team win.
“She has become very consistent and is doing a much better job this year of using the entire court,” Haney said of Klingensmith. “She is varying her shots, she has good shot recognition and she is hitting a high percentage of her first serves, which is really helping her.”
Also going undefeated on the day was Addy Zimpleman at No. 3 singles.
She defeated Fountain Central’s Katie Clevenger 6-4, 0-6, 10-3 and Lafayette Central Catholic’s Kenna Preston 6-3, 6-2 to earn the medal for her spot.
“Addy Zimpleman played great,” Haney said. “She won a tough tiebreaker match against Fountain Central, then was able to handle her Lafayette Central Catholic opponent very well. It was nice to see her medal at position.”
Katie Collins went 1-1 at No. 2 singles, losing to Fountain Central’s Olivia Woodrow 6-0, 6-3 and beating Lafayette Central Catholic’s Anna Smith 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.
At No. 1 doubles Meg Kinslow and Kate Coffman went 0-2, losing to Hattie Duncan and Macee Williams of Fountain Central 6-4, 6-4 and to Lizzie Cramer and Sami Ruyer of Lafayette Central Catholic 6-1, 2-6, 10-6.
At No. 2 doubles, Grace Kumler and Rylee Ramsey topped Fountain Central’s Shay Oakley and Gretchen Ratcliff 6-1, 6-2, but lost to LCC’s Jen Mills and Emma Gerrety 6-4, 6-2.
After a busy first two weeks of the season, Haney said that his team is in a good place.
“We have a good sense of where we are at,” Haney said. “We can take a deep breath right now, but we know that our hardest work is still ahead of us with conference play starting for us.”
Western Boone started conference play on Monday against Frankfort, topping the Hot Dogs 4-1.
Klingensmith topped Emily Michael at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 7-6, Collins beat Annie Giebel 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and Zimpleman topped Riley Isgrigg 6-1, 7-5 at No. 3 singles.
At No. 1 doubles, Kinslow and Coffman defeated Lucy Calvert and Rilee Sieberd 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 and at No. 2 doubles, Talyn Guinn and Kumler lost to Jalynn Kidwell and Abby Pierce 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 10-5.
It was the first of six-straight conference matches for the Stars.
They host North Montgomery today.
“I like our way we handled pressure today, and we have to continue to do that in conference matches,” Haney said. “The main thing going forward will be limiting our unforced errors and not giving anything away for free. That will be even more important in conference play.”