CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee’s tennis team has its sights set on one thing — an SWBL title — and the team took two more steps to claiming the title after defeating both Milton-Union and Monroe, 4-1.
At this point in the season for the Arrows, every match is important for a team searching for its first SWBL title in girl’s tennis, according to coach Dave Hubbard.
So the four points the team picked up on Tuesday, Sept. 8, against Milton-Union, could be key in claiming the title, according the coach.
Brooklyn Hubbard remained undefeated on the season by defeating Ashley Wombold 6-0, 6-1, in first singles play. Ashlyn Hubbard scored another point towards the championship by defeating Abby Hissong, 6-1, 6-0 and Sidney Quillen added another in defeating Rachel Rock 6-1, 6-2.
The team dropped a point in first doubles when Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman defeated Allison Zornes and Alivia Reek in a hard-fought match that went to a deciding final set, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Delaney Bennet and Lauren Smith however gained the point back in second doubles, defeating Lauren Claggett and Mercedes Farm 6-2, 6-1.
Hubbard says right now his team needs to concentrate on remaining focused and continuing to improve.
“We picked us some very important league points tonight,” he said after the win over Milton-Union. “This victory put us in a great position in the league standings, but we need to remain laser focused on improving and preparing for the league tournament.”
On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Arrows picked up another win in a home match against the Hornets of Monroe in an SWBL cross-over match.
Again, the Arrows swept the three singles matches when Brooklyn Hubbard defeated Miranda Kelly 6-0, 6-1, Ashlyn Hubbard defeated Hannah Lawson, 6-0, 6-0, and Quillen defeated Kristin Meyer 6-0, 6-1.
The doubles team of Zornes and Reek continued to find bad luck, losing the best game of the day, for the second straight match, 6-3, 7-6 (6) to Hannah Crawford and Makenzi Moore.
Smith, along with Jane Feck this time, defeated Maggie Riley and Mariah Emery in another close match, 6-4, 7-6 (2). The coach called the victory in second doubles an important one because it was the pair’s first time playing together.
Preble Shawnee is now 6-0 in the SWBL, and has amassed a nine point lead in the league standings as the tournament that will decide the title nears.
Currently, the Arrows have 27 points with Middletown Madison in second with 19, followed by Milton-Union with 18, Carlisle with 17, Waynesville with 16, Northridge with 5 and Dixie with 3.
Shawnee is 12-1 overall with the only loss coming to local power Miami Valley.
The team was scheduled to host Franklin on Monday, Sept. 14, West Carrollton on Wednesday, Sept. 16, travel to Talawanda on Thursday, Sept. 17, and host Valley View on Monday, Sept. 21. The SWBL Tournament is scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Thomas Cloud Park.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.