Jasper's No. 1 doubles duo advances to state finals

From Herald Staff Reports

Bandaru
Yarbrough

While the Jasper Wildcats’ girls tennis season may have come to an end a few weeks ago at the regional tournament, two members of the Jasper team find themselves with a goal of a state championship still very well in play.

The Cats’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Suchi Bandaru and Josie Yarbrough advanced to the IHSAA Individual Tennis State Finals after winning two matches at the regional tournament this past Saturday.

“We’re just really grateful to be able to carry on for our team and represent Jasper as a whole,” Bandaru said.

Yarbrough added: “We’re excited to advance because even though our team didn’t make it, we feel like this is almost like us advancing for them.”

In the first match at Bedford on Saturday, Bandaru and Yarbrough (15-1) defeated New Albany’s Mahnoor Qureshi and Londyn Tyler 6-2, 6-0. In the championship, they defeated Bloomington North’s Isabel Flynn and Joy Bhattacharya by a score of 6-0, 6-0.

While the Cats had already beaten the New Albany duo, they hadn’t yet faced the group from Bloomington North. But no matter who they played, the tandem knew they just had to always remain confident in their abilities.

“We knew we had to have our best attitude and play our best tennis as soon as we got there,” Bandaru said. “When we stepped on the court, we knew we had to put our shots in.”

Yarbrough added: “Getting the head start right away is very important — we wanted to hit it off right from the start and work some strategy.”

While the Jasper duo isn’t quite sure who they’ll battle yet this Friday at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis, they do know that they’ll have to bring their A-game right away.

If they’re victorious on Friday, they’ll advance to the early semifinal game on Saturday. A win there would place them in the championship match.

“I honestly think we just have to stay true to our game,” Bandaru said. “We have to practice hard so that once we get to state our shots are good and consistent.”

Yarbrough added: “We know there’s a bunch of different players we could run into with different strategies so we really just have to be prepared for anything.”

Two other local athletes saw their seasons come to an end at Saturday’s regional at Bedford North Lawrence High School.

Northeast Dubois’ Chloe Terwiske, who sported a 22-0 record during the regular season, was defeated by Silver Creek’s Anna Graves 6-3, 6-2. Graves had a 14-4 record on the year.

Heritage Hills’ senior Carly Sabelhaus saw her high school career come to an end as she was defeated by Greensburg’s Raegan Rigney 6-1, 6-1. Sabelhaus finished her senior year with a record of 10-7.




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