Girls Varsity Tennis · Stars advance to final in 3-2 thriller

FRANKFORT — The Western Boone girls tennis team was seeking redemption Friday night in their sectional semifinal match with Frankfort.

The Hot Dogs were the last team to beat Western Boone this season, on April 22, and both teams eventually shared the Sagamore Conference title with North Montgomery.

The Stars got the redemption they were seeking, topping the Hot Dogs 3-2 to advance to Saturday morning’s sectional final against seventh-ranked Zionsville.

“I am very proud of the girls,” Western Boone head coach Colin Haney said. “We were talking before the match about how Frankfort was the last team to beat us and we came in with a little bit of a chip on our shoulders. The girls responded well to the challenge and played well.”

The match came down to the third set at No. 3 singles.

Frankfort’s Madison Toney took the first set from Western Boone’s Katie Jahn 6-2, but Jahn won the second 6-3 to force a third.

With all other matches done and the score tied 2-2, Jahn got the decisive third set 6-4 to win the match.

“She had been in a position like that before, where she battled back and had to come from behind,” Haney said. “But I don’t think that was with a match riding on it. For her to know that, and rise and handle the pressure, took a lot.”

Western Boone took a 2-0 lead in the match with wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles.

At No. 1 doubles, the Stars tandem of Kaitlin Coffman and Grace Kumler defeated Abby Pierce and Rylee Seibert 6-3, 6-3.

At No. 2 singles, Western Boone’s Lindsey Coffman topped Riley Isgrigg 6-3, 6-3.

The doubles match was also a reversal from the regular season.

“(Coffman and Kumler) were having a lot of fun out there and I thought they were phenomenal,” Haney said. “They got beat pretty handily in the regular season, but they came in, took them head on and dominated. That was great to watch.”

Frankfort’s No. 2 doubles team of Jalynn Kidwell and Rebeca Perez Castro topped Western Boone’s Rylee Ramsey and Molly Kinsey 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 1 singles, Emily Michael defeated Maggie Klingensmith 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

The Stars will now face Zionsville, who topped Rossville 5-0.

At No. 1 singles, Sophie Herrman topped Roseville’s Brooke Wisda 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 2 singles, Brittany Jones won 6-0, 6-0 over Mica Royer and at No. 3 singles, Rachel Mingus topped Macy Oliver 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Lauren Campbell and Simryn Kapur topped Anna Lawrence and Madison Struck 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 doubles, Sophie Regele and Sierra Allen topped Robin Blackwell and Courtney Rodney 6-1, 6-0.

Zionsville will be looking for their 19th-straight sectional title.

“We have been to the sectional final before,” Haney said. “We have played well match in and match out this year, and we have to do our best to do that tomorrow.”