|Rebels Win Marion County Tennis Title|
|Written by Bob Kelly|
|Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:16|
Lauren Webb simply refused to lose.
Brebeuf Jesuit was on the brink of victory after Kate Tomey jumped out to a commanding lead after winning the first set 6-3 and taking a 5-1 lead in the second set before the Webb roared back to win the second set in a scrambling fashion to force the decisive third set. Tomey appeared to be on the way to victory after jumping out to a 4-1 lead before what seemed to a rerun of the second set that unfolded in front of the crowd and onlooking teammates.
Webb evetually bounced back to tie the third set at four games each and at five before Tomey looked poised for the win only to have it snatched away from a scrambling Webb who tied the match at six forcing the tiebreaker and on the line was the championship of the Marion County girls tennis tournament. Webb served up an ace to take a 1-0 lead before Tomey netted a return to fall behind 2-0 and Webb carried the momentum to a decisve 7-0 win in the tiebreaker to give Roncalli its first ever girls tennis county crown in front of a raucous partisan crowd on Friday night.
Webb said she never thought about losing the match and just concentrated on each point.
"I just put winning and losing out of my mind and I just focus on what I need to do to win the next point," Webb said. "I thought my opponent played great, but I noticed at times where she was not playing very aggressive and I took advantage of it."
Senior Macey Speer set the tone for Roncalli when she handily defeated Lilly Iffert 6-3, 6-1 in number one singles while senior Alex Servie dominated Annie Lauddick 6-1, 6-1 to set up the dramatic match between Webb and Tomey.
Fourth-year head coach Loye Kegley was all smiles after the championship match and could not find enough adjective to describe her players and the team's competitiveness.
"This is a huge win and I love to coach this team of fighters," Kegley said. "I feel very lucky to be the coach of such great girls who also have a great desire and dedication to succeed on and off the tennis court."
Kegley said she was in awe of the performance by Webb and it is the kind of win that can carry a lot of momentum into next week's sectionals for the team.
"It is a lot of pressure to know that the match all comes down to you and she did not give up," Kegley said. "These girls deserve this title for all of the hard they put into practice and how hard they have played to put us in position to play for the title.
The Rebels beat No. 12 Park Tudor 3-2 in the first round before wins over Warren Central and Lawrence Central put them into the title game.
"Our uppreclassmen have set such great examples for our underclassmen this year," Kegley said. "They have seen them battle every match and especially when the odds are against them and that should really help them in the future."
Click on link to see slideshow of pictures from the Marion County girls tennis championship match.
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 10
1955 - Forrest Albertson is named MVP for Sacred Heart for the the week by the Kiwanis Club.
1965 - Harold Quiesser scores TD as Chatarnd beats Pike 19-0 in football action.
1975 - Franklin Central gets past Rebels 15-12, 8-15, 15-10 in girls volleyball match.
1985 - Rebels finish second in a three-way boys cross country meet.
1995 - Roncalli downs Beech Grove 15-10, 15-10 in girls volleyball action.
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