Jasper duo's run ends in state semifinals

From Herald Staff Reports


Entering Saturday morning’s semifinal match at the IHSAA Girls Tennis Individual State Tournament, Jasper’s Suchi Bandaru and Josie Yarbrough knew they had a tough task ahead of them.

After defeating Franklin Central’s Brooklyn Schiffli and Carly Sobieralski in the quarterfinals on Friday at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis, the Wildcats’ No. 1 doubles duo had to battle Carmel’s Lauren Littell and Leila Antony in the semifinal round.

Not only did the Carmel tandem sport a perfect 19-0 record on the season, they were also the only doubles team to defeat Bandaru and Yarbrough during the season. The Jasper pair lost 6-2, 6-0 to the Greyhound duo earlier this season at the Carmel Indoor Invitational.

The Wildcat pair was confident they’d play the duo much more stronger the second time around as they were aware of Littell and Antony’s play style and shots they preferred to take.

This nearly led to a victory for Bandaru and Yarbrough but unfortunately they fell just short in the semifinal round 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. They bounced back after dropping the first set by a large victory in the second set but couldn’t quite pull through in the decisive set.

The Jasper duo finished with an impressive 23-2 record overall for the season. Bandaru will be a senior next season for the Cats while Yarbrough will just be entering her junior year.

Littell and Antony ended up winning the doubles championship by defeating Evansville Memorial’s Abby Myers and Margo Throop 6-0, 6-2.

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