By GREG MENGELT
The host Red Devils won their fourth consecutive sectional title and its 18th in school history against Clarksville on Friday.
It certainly wasn’t Jeff’s easiest championship.
The Red Devils won 3-2 and, without No. 1 singles star Morgan Reilly, had to hold off Clarksville at No. 2 doubles to clinch the championship.
“We had a tougher time against Clarksville than even Providence,” Jeff coach Mark Reilly said. “They’re underrated. They made good adjustments.”
Morgan Reilly dislocated her knee while up 4-2 against Jacqueline Hollkamp of Providence on Tuesday. Her availabilty for next Tuesday’s Silver Creek Regional opener is in question.
“With Morgan having knee issues and on crutches for tongihts match, it definitly brought a bigger challenge then what we had hope for, but the girls pulled through,” Coach Reilly said.
At No. 2 doubles, Rachel Williams and Larissa Neville won the final three games of the second set to come back from down 4-3 for a 6-1, 6-4 victory to seal the victory.
Macy Lancaster remained unbeaten on the season with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Clarksville freshman Miranda DeKorte at No. 2 singles.
Emily Lewis and Jules Jenks easily won at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-1, over Bailey Duggan and Jenni Goldman. Coach Reilly said Lewis played some of her best tennis of the season.
“Emily Lewis played very well,” he said. “She was hitting major ground strokes from the baseline and was dominating.”
Clarksville’s wins came from Chloe Stephens at No. 1 singles and junior Abigail Hurtgen at No. 3 singles. Stephens earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Katie Bowen, who was substituting for Reilly. Hurtgen beat Kaitlin Wunsch 6-3, 7-5.
DRAGONS ROLL TO NO. 20
Silver Creek won its 20th sectional title in school history — all in the last 21 years — and its 11th straight with a 4-1 win over Charlestown on Friday.
The Dragons won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles for the comfortable win.
Both Silver Creek No. 1s won 6-0, 6-0. Kat Hebble at No. 1 singles defeated Erika Broady and Rebekah Knittle and Jenny Block swept Bailey Masingo and Hayley Trinkle.
Grace Clayton took the No. 2 singles win, 6-2, 6-2 over Sarah Embry and Kelsi Scott and Katy Hawkins beat Suzannah Fielding and Bekah Keith 6-0, 7-5 at No. 2 doubles.
Megan Crawford gave the Pirates their one win with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 triumph over Gabby Dunn at No. 3 singles.
FLOYD SWEEPS SALEM FOR 13 STRAIGHT
Sixth-ranked Floyd Central dropped just three games to beat Salem 5-0 for its 13th sectional title in a row and its 26th in program history.
“We’ve only had three or four girls who have won a sectional, so this is a big event for us,” Floyd coach Rick Miller said. “Anybody who wins a sectional in any sports at any place in any state, it’s special. We don’t take anything for granted.
Olivia Boesing at No. 1 singles and Alex Jamison at No. 3 singles both won 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 singles player Alexis Applegate and both Highlander doubles teams gave up just one game apiece.
“We’re pleased but we’re not satisfied,” Miller said. “Now we want to go win regional and semistate.”