Jeeps fall short in tough battle with Barr-Reeve

Photo by Brittney Lohmiller/The Herald
Northeast Dubois’ Chloe Terwiske returned the ball from Barr-Reeves’ Natalie Schultheis in the first set of the No. 1 singles match during the girls tennis sectional championship Thursday afternoon in Loogootee. The Vikings defeated the Jeeps 3-2 but Terwiske won her individual match 6-0, 6-0 which advances her to the individual tournament where she will play in the first round next Tuesday. For more photos from the match, click here.

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LOOGOOTEE —  After what Tina Terwiske, the Northeast Dubois girls tennis coach, called a “roller coaster” battle, the team fell short of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s sectional title with a 3-2 loss to Barr-Reeve on Thursday night in Loogootee.

“We started out strong, hit a low point, got things back, and slipped down once more,” the coach said. “We just weren’t able to pull through in those last two matches.”

With No. 2 singles and both the No. 1 and 2 doubles teams fighting through a third set, the match was nothing short of a challenge.

“We knew we had to be more mentally prepared for this match, knowing it was going to be tougher than last night’s,” said No 2. Jeep doubles player Alexis Stafford. She and her partner Olivia Schroering, both sophomores, defeated Bar-Reeve’s No. 2 doubles team, Gracie Madison and Bailey Graber, in a tight match of 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Having played the pair earlier in the season, Schroering said they were ready to come back with a vengeance. They knew what to expect out of their opponents.

“We really had to watch our ball placement and had to focus on keeping the ball away from the volleyer,” Schroering said.

Also victorious in her individual match was No. 1 singles player sophomore Chloe Terwiske, defeating Natalie Schultheis in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. This was a major turnaround from the previous night with Terwiske battling into a third set with Paoli’s Emma Osborne, resulting in a win. Chloe Terwiske said she was able to learn from her mistakes from the first round of sectional against Paoli, and correct them in the championship.

Though the Jeeps clinched these victories, they weren’t able to hold onto the No. 3 singles, No. 2 singles, and No. 1 doubles spots.

“I think we were sometimes waiting for them (Barr Reeve) to lose, rather than us taking control and the win,” Coach Terwiske said. “I’m really proud of everything we’ve overcome this season. With all of the different lineup situations and not knowing who we would play each night, we won a lot more matches that we thought we would.”

With the challenge of rearranging the lineup, the Jeeps were able to grab the Blue Chip conference title with a 5-1 conference record, one of their main goals for the season.

“I’m proud of how we were able to adjust playing with different people and finding the chemistry we needed,” Stafford said.

After a 14-match win streak and a conference title, Coach Terwiske and the team remain focused on the positives. The team ended the year with an overall 15-3 record.

Chloe Terwiske will advance to the individual tournament and play in the first round of sectional on Tuesday, May 22. Knowing the competition will be stiff, Coach Terwiske hopes to see her challenged and play to her potential.

With no graduating seniors, the Jeeps are ready to come back stronger next year to battle for the conference and sectional titles once more.

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