Wildcats reach state tennis finals

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Jasper's Ashley Rogers, left, and Elizabeth Theil congratulated each other during their match against Columbus North in Saturday's tennis semistate competition in Jasper. For a gallery of photos, click here.

A pair of three-set victories in doubles launched Jasper's girls tennis team to the state finals Saturday, as the Wildcats nipped Columbus North 3-2 in the single-match semistate at the Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex in Jasper.

The Wildcats (19-2) got their first win from Ali Schitter, who cruised 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, but the remaining two victories didn't come easily — especially at No. 2 doubles, where Jasper was two points away from a loss.

But down 5-1 in a second-set tiebreaker after losing the first set 6-1, Jasper duo Brie Kuntz and Brooke Lueken staged a rousing rally. They won the final six points of the tiebreak, then pulled away in the second set for a 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 triumph.

Jasper's final victory came at No. 1 doubles and also included a strong finish. Elizabeth Theil and Ashley Rogers were down a break at 3-2 in the third set but dropped just one game from there, notching a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 win.

Jasper advanced to eight-team state finals, and the Cats will meet either 10th-ranked Indianapolis Cathedral or unranked Delta in Friday's quarterfinal at Carmel High School. The semifinals and championship will be played Saturday at Indianapolis North Central.

This story will be updated in Tuesday's Herald and on the Herald's website.


Jasper 3, Columbus North 2

Smith (CN) def. Ab. Rogers 6-0, 6-1
Schitter (J) def. Olibo 6-1, 6-2
Yonushonis (CN) def. Hilsmeyer 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Theil/As. Rogers (J) def. Miller/Sanders 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Kuntz/Lueken (J) def. Reece/Jung 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

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