By Rob Kiser
TROY — Sarah Gibson made it to the go-to district match in the Troy Division II sectional tennis tournament Tuesday, before having her run and the Cavaliers season — continuing the progress for a young Lady Cavaliers team.
Gibson picked up three wins in the sectional.
She defeated Liz Dunn of Springfield Shawnee 1-6, 6-1, 6-2; defeated Sidney Tillman of Catholic Central 6-0, 6-0; and got Brittanie Massie of Northwestern 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the match to go to district, she ran into second seed Laura Bowen of Brookville 6-1, 6-1.
“Sarah Gibson played really well,” Lehman coach Tim Ungericht said. “She got to the match to qualify for district and lost to a senior. That’s the furthest any Lehman girl has gotten in three years.”
Sophomore Claire Larger ran into a tough opponent in Natalie Milligan of Greenville and lost 6-1, 6-4; while Melanie Brunner lost to Hannah Fugate of Milton-Union 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Sarah Kramer and Alison Briggs drew top seeds Alexis Stewart and Ladi Coning of Tippecanoe and lost 6-1, 6-0; while Anna Pennaparra and Angela Brunner lost to Laura Williams and Bri Ewing of Catholic Central 6-3, 7-5.
“We had a good sectional tournament,” Ungericht said. “Claire (Larger) had her chances to get to the third set against a solid Greenville girl who won the GWOC silver tournament last week.”
Ungericht was pleased with the progress the program made this season.
“Our season record may not reflect it but our girls team took a step in the right direction this year,” he said. “Our numbers grew from seven girls to 11, we had a great addition to the team and program with Claire Larger transferring from Fort Loramie. We lose two seniors, but next season we will have Claire and Sarah Gibson back at first and second singles and Kiera Burns back at third singles, where she split time with Sarah Kramer. All three of those girls will be juniors.”
The Lehman doubles teams return intact as well.
“Our first doubles team of Melanie Brunner and Alex Read will return and will be seniors,” Ungericht said. “Angela Brunner will return and will be a sophomore with her second doubles partner Ann Pennaparra who will be a junior. We will have lots of experience and are set up to have a strong season next year.”
And Ungericht can’t wait to see what next season brings.