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April 16, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: MAKING A STATEMENT

Floyd Central puts regional field on notice with 5-0 win over Silver Creek

FLOYDS KNOBS — For Silver Creek, it was a learning experience. For Floyd Central, it was just another day at the office. 

The Floyd Central girls’ tennis team dispatched potential regional opponent Silver Creek in a 5-0 home victory on Monday. 

Floyd Central coach Rick Miller explained that because his Highlanders might see the Dragons in the state tournament, Monday’s victory was about making a statement.

“When we play those teams, we want to go out and conduct ourselves, have a good time but not mess around, get off the court and let the other girls know that there’s no doubt,” Miller said. “We want those other girls to know, (and) other teams to know that if we play our game, it’s business as usual. Our girls take that attitude. That’s the way they (played) today, and I’m proud of them.”

The Highlanders allowed Silver Creek to capture just 10 games across five matches. But Silver Creek coach Robert Briscoe felt the scores weren’t indicative of how his team performed. 

“We knew coming in here today it wasn’t going to be the easiest match for us, and it’s going to be that way for a lot of teams that come up here to play the Highlanders,” Briscoe said. “But that being said, I think in all of our matches we had great effort and great attitude.”

Floyd Central’s top singles player, Olivia Boesing, used her high-velocity game to keep Silver Creek’s Kathleen Hebble off-balance in a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles. 

Boesing dominated the first three games of the match. Hebble attempted to battle her way back into the match, but Boesing was consistently the aggressor.

Boesing has consistently improved since last season, Miller said. 

“Her conditioning is much better. She’s bigger, stronger, quicker,” Miller said. “She’s able to last longer, be out there and compete at a high level for a longer amount of time. 

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