By Will Willems
Dover — The Western Boone tennis team celebrated their seniors with a big Sagamore Conference win.
The Stars out-lasted Crawfordsville 3-2 on a night where they celebrated their two seniors — Meg Kinslow and Addy Zimpleman.
“It was a really good win for us,” Western Boone head coach Colin Haney said. “We had lost to them last year, and this was one that we really wanted to win. We were able to show a lot of fight and determination to get a win.”
The match came down to No. 1 doubles.
With the team score knotted at 2, Crawfordsville’s Emily West and Emmy Hale took the first set off Kinslow and Kate Coffman 7-6. But the Star tandem won the second set 6-1.
Crawfordsville held an early advantage in the third set, but Western Boone came back to win it 7-6 (7-3).
“That was a really fun match to watch,” Haney said. “It was really back-and-forth throughout and our girls really came together. Meg won some big points and really showed her senior leadership and stepped up.”
This is the first year that the partners have played together.
Haney said he has seen them take big steps forward.
“They have been great,” Haney said. “I am really proud of how far Kate has come as a doubles player. Meg has been a great leader and mentor for for and Kate has been accepting of that and been really coachable. They are coming along nicely.”
At No. 1 singles, Crawfordsville’s Sarah Chalmers topped Western Boone’s Maggie Klingensmith 6-1, 7-5. At No. 2 singles, Crawfordsville’s Lilly Bushong topped Katie Collins 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 3 singles, Zimpleman defeated Lily Pendleton 6-0, 6-0.
Haney said it was nice to see both seniors come through with wins on senior night.
“That was very rewarding to see and definitely made the senior night cake taste a little better after a win,” Haney said. “Both of the seniors did a really good job today.”
At No. 2 doubles, Talyn Guinn and Grace Kumler topped Ardraya Fuller and Alyssa Myers 6-1, 6-0.
While the win was important, and keeps Western Boone at only one conference loss, the night was really about the two seniors.
Haney said both have been big for the program.
“They both do everything that we ask,” Haney said. “They work hard and hold everyone on the team accountable. They have been great.”
The Stars are scheduled to play Danville on Thursday, and Lebanon next Monday.
Haney said the weather has created some havoc in the schedule, but that the team is fighting through it.
“It has been a little crazy,” Haney said. “We had several matches in a row earlier in the season, and now we had almost a week off because of our schedule and rain. It has been challenging to keep consistency and momentum, but the girls have been great about it. They are doing everything they can in practice to stay ready.”
For now, Haney said, the biggest things are coming out strong in matches.
While they have been able to come back more times than not, it isn’t a trend he wants to see continue.
“The common theme for us has been slow starts,” Haney said. “We have to work to fix that. We have shown a lot of toughness to come back and win some of these matches, but down the line it can create problems for us.”