Jasper Vying For First Girls Team Tennis State Title

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The Jasper Lady Wildcats show after winning the program’s 10th semistate title last Saturday at JHS.

Greenwood (IHSAA) – Six top 10 teams, including the Jasper Lady Wildcats, fill the field for the 42nd Annual IHSAA Girls Team Tennis State Finals being played today (Friday).

Four quarterfinal matches will be played Friday at 3 pm ET – two each at Carmel and Center Grove high schools ‐‐ with the winners returning on Saturday at 10 am ET at North Central High School for a pair of semifinals and the championship match at 2 pm ET.

In the quarterfinals at Carmel on Friday, the home‐standing and No.2 Greyhounds (13‐1) drew a home match against No. 3 Indianapolis Cathedral (18‐1). Cathedral took a 3‐2 decision in the teams’ May 6 meeting accounting for Carmel’s only loss this year and its first in a dual match since the 2012 state semifinals. Carmel had eliminated the Irish in last year’s state semifinal match, 4‐1, on its way to the title. The Greyhounds will be vying for a fourth consecutive state title this season which would equal the state mark currently shared by Evansville Memorial (1993‐96) and Park Tudor (2005‐08).

No. 8 Terre Haute South (22‐0), the only undefeated team left, will meet Conference Indiana rival Columbus North (19‐6), ranked 23rd.

Terre Haute South swept to a 5‐0 victory in the teams’ regular season finale on May 16.

At Center Grove, No. 4 South Bend St. Joseph (17‐2) will meet the home‐standing Trojans (17‐3) in one quarterfinal while No. 6 Jasper (18‐3) takes on No. 18 Carroll (Fort Wayne) (20‐2) in the other match.  Jasper won its ninth semistate tournament last week at JHS’ Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex to return to the state finals for a second year in a row.

The Lady Wildcats will be vying for the school’s first-ever girls tennis team state title.  Jasper has been runnersup three times (1992, 2002 and 2003).

Also taking place this weekend at four sites around the state are the individual regionals for singles and doubles players. Pairings for those matches may be found here. Results from all the matches will be available from IHSAA.org throughout the weekend and on Twitter at @IHSAA1.


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