JASPER, Ind. – Senior Servane Cloteaux and freshman Tiffany Fu remained undefeated together Saturday (May 25), and the tandem provided the clinching point as the Columbus North girls tennis team beat Evansville North 3-2 in the Jasper Semi-State to earn a berth in the 2019 IHSAA girls tennis State Finals.
Senior Shweta Srinivasan and junior Eva Chevalier also provided points for the co-No. 8 Bull Dogs, who avenged an earlier 3-2 setback to the No. 6 Tigers while improving to 22-4 for the season. In the process, CN claimed the program’s third semi-state crown and qualified for the program’s fifth State Finals appearance.
At state, Columbus North will face third-ranked Carmel in the quarterfinal round of the eight-team State Finals at 3 p.m. Friday (May 31) at Carmel.
In the semi-state, Srinivasan scored the day’s first point with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Memorial senior Summer McIntyre at No. 3 singles. Memorial sophomores Abby Myers and Margo Throop evened the match at 1-1 when they topped Bull Dogs junior Ali Bergman and sophomore Jaline Tay 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.
Chevalier gave CN a 2-1 edge when she defeated Tigers junior Elayna Zausch 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Then Cloteaux and Fu clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Memorial juniors Olivia Schitter and Tatum Tornatta at No. 2 doubles.
Memorial freshman Ellie Myers beat Bull Dogs freshman Ashlie Wilson 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles to complete the results.
“The match went like we thought it would,” CN coach Kendal Hammel said. “We had to and expected to win at No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles. No. 1 doubles did not play well but had chances to win in the first set. No. 1 singles was close but always battling from behind.
“No. 2 doubles had a close first set and won a couple of big points. They jumped to a 4-1 lead in the second set. Nerves got to them a little in closing out the match. It took six match points before finally securing the win.”
Columbus North previously claimed semi-state titles in 2010 and 2016. The Bull Dogs previously played in the State Finals in 1980, 1981, 2010 and 2016 with a best finish of second in 2010. There was no semi-state round in the tournament series in 1980 or 1981.
“Carmel is next for us, and they beat us 3-2 in a season match,” Hammel said. “We were beaten badly in three positions and won two three-set matches. We will have our hands full to get by them.”
Other state quarterfinal matches on Friday include No. 1 Cathedral vs. co-No. 8 Delta at 3 p.m. Friday at Carmel, No. 2 Park Tudor vs. No. 4 Munster at 3 p.m. Friday at Center Grove and unranked Washington vs. No. 11 Center Grove at 3 p.m. Friday at Center Grove.
Friday’s winners advance to the semifinal round at 10 a.m. Saturday (June 1) at North Central. The semifinal winners will play for the team state championship at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at North Central.
Girls Tennis Semi-State
Team scores: Columbus North 3, Evansville Memorial 2
S1: Ellie Myers (EM) d. Ashlie Wilson (CN) 6-3, 6-3
S2: Eva Chevalier (CN) d. Elayna Zausch (EM) 6-2, 6-2
S3: Shweta Srinivasan (CN) d. Summer McIntyre (EM) 6-0, 6-0
D1: Abby Myers/Margo Throop (EM) d. Ali Bergman/Jaline Tay (CN) 6-4, 6-1
D2: Servane Cloteaux/Tiffany Fu (CN) d. Olivia Schitter/Tatum Tornatta (EM) 6-3, 6-1
VARSITY SEASON RECORDS (through May 25)
Team: 22-4 overall (17-4, 5-0 postseason; 4-1 Conference Indiana)
Ashlie Wilson: 22-4 overall (22-4 at No. 1 singles)
Eva Chevalier: 23-3 overall (23-3 at No. 2 singles)
Tiffany Fu: 24-1 overall (9-0 at No. 3 singles, 0-1 at No. 1 doubles, 15-0 at No. 2 doubles)
Servane Cloteaux: 21-4 overall (3-4 at No. 1 doubles, 18-0 at No. 2 doubles)
Shweta Srinivasan: 16-8 overall (9-5 at No. 3 singles, 4-1 at No. 1 doubles, 3-2 at No. 2 doubles)
Jaline Tay: 15-11 overall (14-11 at No. 1 doubles, 1-0 at No. 2 doubles)
Ali Bergman: 13-9 overall (7-7 at No. 1 doubles, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles)
Cassidy May: 4-0 overall (1-0 at No. 3 singles, 3-0 at No. 2 doubles)
Mariana Martinez: 2-0 overall (2-0 at No. 2 doubles)
Paige Bishop: 1-1 overall (1-1 at No. 3 singles)