Rangers sweep Jeeps on senior nightMay 13, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
FERDINAND — Forest Park’s senior night proved to be a success on Thursday with a 5-0 sweep of county rival Northeast Dubois.
The Rangers honored two seniors: Molly Lusk and Kaylee Uebelhor. The duo played together as the one doubles tandem for Forest Park, and came away with a 6-0, 6-1 win against senior Courtney Vittitow and sophomore Sydney Roach of the Jeeps.
“It felt really good, considering last year, we didn’t get a season — it was kind of depressing,” Uebelhor said about being honored on senior night. “But this year, since we finally got a season, we came out and had a pretty good season overall.”
“This year has definitely been the most fun,” Lusk later said. “We’re here to have fun, but win at the same time.”
Rangers coach Amie Weyer told the Herald that Lusk and Uebelhor are leaving the program in good shape.
“They are fantastic — always encouraging, always wanting to do more, always wanting to have fun, they’re just great,” Weyer said.
Thursday began with senior night festivities, and ended in a thriller in the two singles between Jeeps senior Gracie Sunderman and Rangers sophomore Kenzie Schulz.
Sunderman took the first set, 7-6, while Schulz took the second set, also at 7-6. Instead of playing a third set, the two went to a super tiebreak, with Schulz claiming the 10-7 victory, and also the match.
“She really worked on moving her opponent and playing aggressive and staying calm and focused and determined,” Weyer said of Schulz. “She really had a good mentality the whole match — staying positive even if she lost the point, and came back and never got upset.”
“She was hitting the ball real solid those first few points, and then it got a little bit tighter and she got a little tense and stopped finishing swings,” Jeeps coach Tina Terwiske said of Sunderman in the tiebreak. “And I think that’s easy to say about a lot of the girls on the team. They do the same things — afraid to make a mistake instead of just hitting the ball solid and trying to go for those winners.”
These two teams are both going to be winding down their regular season in the coming days.
Forest Park is scheduled to resume its match with Pocket Athletic Conference opponent Boonville Friday at home. This match was originally set for May 7, and initially began before rain forced a stoppage of play.
Northeast Dubois, meanwhile, is set to have its own senior night on Monday in its regular season against Blue Chip Conference rival Wood Memorial.
Terwiske believes her lineup is set, and her doubles tandems have been showing improvement.
She also knows she has some solid players in one singles senior Olivia Rasche and also Sunderman at the two singles, but they just need the confidence to finish the way they started.
The Jeeps won their sectional in 2019, albeit their personnel back then was mostly different than what they have this year. They’ll head off to the Loogootee sectional after Monday’s match with the Trojans, and the sectional is set for May 19 and May 20.
“That’s one benefit about playing that Loogootee sectional — we never know who’s going to win going in,” Terwiske said. “It’s always very competitive tennis, and we hope to stay competitive in those matches.”
Meanwhile, Forest Park will head on over to the Jasper sectional that is also scheduled for May 19 and May 20.
The Rangers have never won a girls tennis sectional championship, and to do so this year, Jasper would have to fall — and the Wildcats have won 30 consecutive sectional crowns.
“They’re ready to play,” Weyer said. “I think they’re ready to see who we draw (on Monday) and just go from there.”
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