Jeeps capture 3-2 win over Raiders

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Northeast Dubois senior Gracie Sunderman hits a forehand shot during Monday evening’s tennis match against Southridge in Dubois. The Jeeps defeated the Raiders in a tight 3-2 contest.


DUBOIS — County rivalries foster competition, respect and gratitude. Monday evening’s tennis match between Northeast Dubois (2-0) and Southridge (3-2) featured all three ingredients for a healthy rivalry. Jeeps head coach Tina Terwiske described the Raiders as a historical “thorn in our side.”

Southridge stayed true to the athleticism and activity Terwiske praised, but Northeast Dubois earned the 3-2 victory. Jeeps senior Courtney Vittitow clinched the match with a 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Raiders senior Abby Kerkhoff at Three Singles.

“Courtney fought through it,” Terwiske said. “After losing that first set, she heard a coach say something about, ‘You can’t give up. It’s never over.’ Things like that. She got that in her head and kept fighting. That was good.”

Northeast Dubois senior Olivia Rasche defeated Southridge junior Olivia Durcholz in a competitive 6-3, 7-5 match at One Singles. Durchholz applied pressure in the second set, but Rasche remained persistent.

“She had to fight through that, which was good,” Terwiske said. “She kind of got in her own head a few times there. She overcame that. So much of tennis is a mental game anyways. That was good to see in our second outing here this year.”

Jeeps senior Gracie Sunderman overcame some early-season jitters against Crawford County on April 8. With her first varsity start under her belt, Sunderman triumphed over Southridge junior Olivia Lopez in a 6-1, 6-2 affair at Two Singles.

“She has really fit into our program,” Terwiske said. “I think she’s having a good time and really helping us out. She’s getting us that point.”

The Jeeps claimed all three singles matches, but the Raiders handled their business in doubles. Southridge juniors Jordan Biehl and Kelby LaRoche earned a 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 One Doubles win against Northeast Dubois sophomores Elizabeth Schepers and Sydney Roach. Junior Emily Roby and senior Gabbie Werner seized a 6-0, 6-0 Southridge sweep of Northeast Dubois senior Breanna Holden and sophomore Jessa Braunecker.

Raiders head coach Paul Kinker was pleased with the doubles play. Kinker remains steadfast in his search for a holistic approach to finish matches efficiently.

Southridge junior Emily Roby prepares to hit a backhand shot during Monday evening's tennis match against Northeast Dubois in Dubois. The Raiders fell to the Jeeps in a 3-2 match.

“We’ve had a lot of three-set matches this year,” he said. “I think we just need to work on closing them out. It’s something for us to work on. A lot of these players haven’t been in these situations before in a close varsity match. They simply haven’t because they haven’t played in the last two years. It’s encouraging. Dubois has a nice, strong team — we matched up well.”

Southridge plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening against Pocket Athletic Conference foe North Posey in Huntingburg.

“Every match is a brand-new world,” Kinker said. “We have no idea what to expect, but I think they’re bringing a lot of girls. We’ll see how we do against them. We’re doing alright right now, and it’s a long season. We’ve got a long week and a long three weeks. We’ve got 12 matches in three weeks. Hopefully, we’ll get through it in pretty good shape.”

Northeast Dubois returns for a 4:30 p.m. match Tuesday against Loogootee in Dubois.

“I’m hoping for a good match,” Terwiske said. “I’m not exactly sure how we’re going to match up with them. If we go for strong singles or go for doubles, we’ll see. This lineup changes daily.”

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