Preble Shawnee’s girls’ tennis team dominates own invitational


CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee was dominant during its own tennis invitational on Saturday, Aug. 26. The Arrows also kept their hopes alive for a league title with two keys wins during the week.

In its invitational, Shawnee won three of five titles and also had a runner-up finish.

At first singles, Ashlyn Hubbard went 3-0. In second singles, Alivia Reek was also 3-0. The first doubles team of Jane Feck and Lauren Smith was also perfect on the day and the second doubles team of Zoey Collins and Shay Neal went 2-1 to finish second.

Hubbard opened the tournament with an 8-3 win over Stivers’ Patty Estrada-Sanchez. She also beat Lily Pedrotti of Dixie 8-2 before capping off the day with an 8-2 win over Eaton’s Sophia Murphy.

Reek’s matches were closer. She defeated Jodee Baker of Dixie 8-3, before beating Eaton’s Tess Murphy 8-6 and Stivers’ Emma Johnson 9-8 in a tiebreaker.

At third singles, the Arrows Michelle Bulach went 1-2 on the day earning a win over Alanna Wall of Stivers, 8-0. Eaton’s Quinlynn Sittloh was the champion going 3-0.

Feck and Smith opened with an 8-4 win over Eaton’s Madison McKinley and Addie Bell. In the second round, they beat Allie Allen and Hayley Feltz of Dixie 8-2 and finished the day with an 8-4 win over Allyson Hayes and Kapryce Brown of Stivers.

Collins and Neal won their first two matches over Bonnie Yang and Hope Gebhart of Dixie, 8-4, and Trinity Thomas and Samar Diouf of Stivers, 8-4. In their final match, the duo fell to Eaton’s Katelyn Niehaus and Brianna Ward 8-1. Niehauas and Ward won the tournament.

Shawnee opened last week with a 3-0 rain shortened win over Carroll on Monday, Aug. 28 at Thomas Cloud Park

Hubbard and the two doubles’ teams earned wins while Reek and Bulach’s matches did not finish.

Hubbard defeated Consuelo Gallego-Ayala 6-0, 6-1, while Feck and Smith beat Alyssa Helm and Zhenya Huber 6-0, 6-1 at first singles and Collins and Neal earned a 6-4, 6-2, win over Julie Gordon and Lauren Sears.

Reek and Bulach were each leading by a set before rain halted play.

“We were lucky to get an official match in tonight,” Shawnee coach Dave Hubbard said. “Ashlyn played very well and dictated the entire match. Jane and Lauren played a very efficient and quick match at first doubles. Zoey and Shay really came through for us and were able to close it out at second doubles just before a big-time rain hit.”

On Wednesday, the Arrows narrowly escaped with a 3-2 win over visiting Middletown Madison. Shawnee got easy wins from its doubles teams and a default at third singles to secure the match, while Ashlyn Hubbard and Reek both lost.

“We barely got out of here with a win tonight in a very important league match,” coach Hubbard said. “Ashlyn and Alivia gave great efforts but were not quite able to pull through. Our doubles teams really saved the day. They were lights out and absolutely dominated. All four girls came through for us in a very big way.”

Shawnee closed out the by improving its record to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the SWBL with a 5-0 sweep of Dixie.

The Arrows were scheduled to play The Miami Valley School on Tuesday. They are set to travel to Tippecanoe on Wednesday and Waynesville on Thursday. Shawnee will close out the week with a trip to Centerville for a doubles tournament.

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