By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon girls’ tennis team hosted a four team invitational on Saturday and walked away the clear winner. The team racked up enough points to beat the other opponents to continue their great tennis season.
Mount Vernon ended the day with a total of 20 points to be crowned the winner of the Mount Vernon invite. Heritage Hills ended up in second with 12 points while Boonville and Wood Memorial ended up in third and fourth place on the day.
In number one singles Wildcat Claire Schroeder defeated Meli Ochs of Heritage Hills 6-1, 6-0 before going on to the championship matchup with Boonville’s Miren Bontigui. Schroeder had no trouble whatsoever with Bontigui defeating her easily 6-0, 6-0.
The same seemed to be true with number two singles as well. Mount Vernon’s Sara O’Neil defeated Heritage Hills’ Allison Baron 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 before doing the same to Wood Memorials’ Shelby McGregor in the championship matchup 6-1, 6-1.
The day continued to roll along for the Wildcats as Hayley Salaman put up another impressive showing for the home team. Salaman defeated Sam Callahan of Wood Memorial 6-0, 6-0 moving on to the championship in number three singles. Salaman defeated her opponent in the championship round 6-1, 7-5 to help Mount Vernon take the sweep in singles.
The Invitational was not only great in singles for the Wildcats but also in doubles. Wildcats Livia Hopper and Zoe Burkhart defeated their Heritage Hills foes 6-0, 6-2 placing them firmly in the number one doubles championship match as well. They took on Abbi Gober and Ashley Johnson of Boonville and won easily 6-2, 6-1.
And with everyone else winning their matchups Mount Vernon’s Devon Allyn and Megan McCarty looked to do the same. They defeated their opening opponents from Wood Memorial 6-4, 6-1 and continued to roll in the championship round as well. Allyn and McCary beat Heritage Hills number two doubles team Kailee Taylor and Megan Boehm 6-2, 7-5 to give the Wildcats the sweep in doubles and the invitational as well.
The tennis team continues to roll through their season and is piling up impressive wins. And though there is a lot of season to be played, the Cats are exactly where they want to be in this part of the season.
The girls’ continue their season this week by playing at Washington Tuesday before returning home Thursday to take on Evansville Central. And if the first part of the season is any indication, success is going to continue for these hard working Lady Cats.
By Steven Kochersperger
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