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Trojan girls tennis team cages Lions for victory

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New Castle’s Emily Scott (right) returns the ball as her No. 1 varsity doubles partner Abby Hamilton (left) watches during Monday evening’s girls tennis match against Rushville at the NCHS courts. Hamilton and Scott made quick work of their Lion opponents, winning 6-1, 6-0, as the Trojans won the match 4-1.
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New Castle No. 3 varsity singles player Caitlin Shunneson serves to her Rushville opponent during Monday evening’s girls tennis match at the NCHS courts. Shunneson defeated her Lion opponent 6-1, 6-3 and the Trojans won the match 4-1.
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New Castle No. 1 varsity singles player Darby Williams returns the ball against her Rushville opponent during Monday evening’s girls tennis match at the NCHS courts. In her first match of the regular season, Williams bested her Lion opponent 6-3, 6-2 and the Trojans won the match 4-1.
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The New Castle No. 2 varsity doubles duo of Summer Chase and Kylee Calciano wait to return the ball to their Rushville opponents during Monday evening’s girls tennis match at the NCHS courts. Chase and Calciano defeated their Lion counterparts 6-3, 6-4 and the Trojans won the match 4-1.


It was pretty nice weather Monday evening for a sport on the outdoor courts, and the New Castle High School girls varsity tennis team took advantage of it to post a 4-1 victory over visiting Rushville at the NCHS tennis courts.

Sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s greeted players and spectators alike in the Trojans’ home opener in which they evened their record to 1-1, which was unlike the opening match at home in 2018 during which it was snowing with temperatures in the mid-30s.

With spring break over, New Castle Coach Jennifer Kelsik inserted a different girl at No. 1 singles and changed No. 2 doubles somewhat after last Friday’s loss at New Palestine, and the results were positive.

In singles play for the Trojans, Darby Williams won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 and Caitlin Shunneson won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3. Emily Thurlow played a relatively close match  against her Lion opponent at No. 2 singles, but ultimately fell 3-6, 4-6.

In doubles action, New Castle’s Abby Hamilton and Emily Scott got back to their winning ways with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 victory over their Rushville opponents, and Summer Chase and new partner Kylee Calciano won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.

“Our girls played more aggressively tonight,” Coach Kelsik remarked.

Several other Trojan girls competed in the junior varsity match, and New Castle also prevailed in that one 3-2.

In singles JV play for the Trojans, Tori Zizert won 6-2 at No. 1, Molly Alspaugh lost 1-6 at No. 2, Hannah Hamacher won 6-1 at No. 3, and Kyndal Forsberg lost 2-6 at No. 4.

In JV doubles action for New Castle, Lizzy Chesher and Trisdynn Nunn won 6-0 at No. 1, Faith Firle and Payton Marsh won at No. 2, and Anna Chesher and Clara Brown won 6-1 at No. 3.

The Trojan girls travel to Eastern Hancock for a match today.