INDIANAPOLIS — The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team’s season came to an end at North Central High School on Tuesday.
The Marauders lost to the defending state champion No. 2 Cathedral Irish 5-0 in the team regional semifinals, ending their record-setting campaign at 20-2 overall.
“Fantastic season. School record for wins. That won’t happen again because we’re beefing up our schedule to compete with the best in the state,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “We competed and proved we belonged. But we didn’t go there to prove we belong, we went there to win, and the only way to do that is to play top 20 teams and more cowbell.”
The closest match of the night for the Marauders came at No. 2 doubles where Sophie Williams and Maeve McCafferty entered unbeaten at 19-0.
The duo won the first set 6-4, but lost the second 6-7 (3-7) before dropping the decider 0-6.
No. 1 singles player Alaina Nelson and No. 3 singles player Kaleigh Helm both lost 0-6, 0-6 in their matches. Olivia Spicer scored a pair of games at No. 2 singles before falling 1-6, 1-6.
The No. 1 doubles team of Maeve Laughlin and Emily Annakin lost 0-6, 5-7.
Marauders, Royals compete hard at regional
The Mt. Vernon and Eastern Hancock girls track teams came into the Ben Davis Regional with high hopes, but with state powerhouses Pike, Ben Davis and Lawrence North in the field, state advancement proved elusive.
Pike won the regional team title with 84 points, while Ben Davis was second at 75. Brebeuf Jesuit took third with 75 and Lawrence North was fourth at 59.
Mt. Vernon scored three points for 22nd overall.
The Marauders 4×800 relay team placed 11th with a time of 10:32.25. Freshman Kamryn Eason was 16th in the 400-meter dash at 1:05.28.
Senior Meg Schleter placed the highest for the Marauders, taking sixth in the 800 at 2:24.82.
Eastern Hancock’s Bailey Allen, who won a sectional title in the shot put last week, placed 11th overall. Her best throw measured 35 feet, 4 inches.