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Raider Girls top Trojans in tennis

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New Castle No. 2 doubles player Darby Williams returns a shot during Thursday evening’s girls tennis match against visiting Shenandoah. Williams and her doubles partner Emily Thurlow defeated Eden Powell and Abby Decker in straight sets to garner the host Trojans’ lone pont of the match as the Raiders won 4-1.
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Shenandoah No. 1 doubles player Letha Wilson returns the ball during Thursday evening’s girls tennis match against host New Castle. Wilson and her doubles partner Cary Allen came back from down a set to outlast the Trojans’ Abby Hamilton and Emily Scott to win in three sets as the Raiders took the team victory 4-1.
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Shenandoah sophomore Morgan Nation returns a shot to New Castle’s Caitlin Shunneson in their No. 1 singles flight during Thursday evening’s tennis match at the NCHS courts. Nation defeated Shunnesonin straight sets and the visiting Raiders won the team match 4-1.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Potential high school girls tennis sectional opponents Shenandoah and New Castle faced each other Thursday evening at the NCHS courts, once again the site of this year’s sectional.

The Raiders swept all three singles flights and won one in doubles to defeat the host Trojans 4-1. Shenandoah improved to 3-1 for the season while New Castle slipped to 1-3.

Raider Coach John Rhodes got Morgan Nation back into the starting lineup and seems to have solidified his team. Trojan Coach Jennifer Kelsik continues to experiment with her players at various positions other than at No. 1 doubles.

Shenandoah won all three singles flights in straight sets. Morgan Nation defeated Caitlin Shunneson 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1, Sophie Wilkinson shut out Tori Zizert 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2, and Abby Rector defeated Kylee Calciano 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.

Only one flight went to three sets, and that was at No. 1 doubles. The Raiders’ Letha Wilson and Carly Allen lost the first set 3-6 to the New Castle duo of juniors Abby Hamilton and Emily Scott, but bounced back to win the next two sets 7-5, 6-4.

The Trojans got their lone point at No. 2 doubles, which also was pretty close. New Castle’s Darby Williams and Emily Thurlow bested Shenandoah’s Eden Powell and Abby Decker 7-5, 6-4.

The Trojans travel to Knightstown Monday to face the host Panthers while the Raiders return to action Tuesday when they host Alexandria.