The New Palestine girls tennis team was defeated 4-1 by a more experienced Franklin Central Flashes team Friday at FC.
Dragon senior Ivey Simmons fully deserved her straight set victory over freshman Flashes Sabrina Mullen, winning 6-4, 6-3 in a tough groundstroke battle for the Dragons lone individual victory.
NP’s No. 1 singles player, sophomore Megan Long, was defeated6-4, 6-0 by FC sophomore Lydia Laker.
Playing at No. 3 singles, Dragon junior Caylie Almond was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by FC senior Emily Nordhoff. Extended baseline rallies dominated this tough encounter.
The Dragons’ No. 1 doubles combination of juniors Josee King and Claire Cherry provided strong resistance against talented Flashes juniors Brooklyn Schiffli and Carley Sobieralski, especially in a very close second set. King and Cherry had several opportunities to win the second set. The Flashes pairing closed out the match 6-0, 7-5.
At No. 2 doubles for the Dragons, Sheridan Schrowe and Ashley Truman were beaten by FC junior Elise Paz and freshman Devin Cooney 6-3, 6-2.
The Dragons junior varsity team lost 8-2. Senior Zoe Marcus won at No 1 singles and senior Summer Petrow and freshman Lucy Miller won in a playback doubles match.
The Dragons are next in action Tuesday at Fishers.