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May 26, 2012

SEMISTATE GIRLS TENNIS: Raiders fall to Canterbury, 4-1

FORT WAYNE — A great high school girls tennis season for the unranked Northridge Raiders came to an end with a 4-1 loss to the No. 14 Fort Wayne Canterbury Cavaliers Saturday in the semistate at Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran.

“It was a close match,” Northridge coach Angie Brenneman said. “We lost close first sets at No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. If we had been able to get one or two of those things might have been a little different.”

It was the fourth appearance at the semistate level of the state tournament for the Raiders. Other Northridge regional titles were in 1998, 1999 and 2008.

“Overall I told the girls they have nothing to hang their heads about,” Brenneman added. “We dominated the NLC, won our sectional and then won a hard fought regional. We played two tough opponents (Fairfield and Angola) in the regional and that was tough on the girls mentally. Every girl on the team contributed as to why we were here today.”

Northridge’s point came at No. 2 doubles where seniors Sam Harkrider and Kate Ahonen posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Harkrider, Ahonen and Amy Stoffel (No. 1 doubles) are the lone seniors for the Raiders. Junior Sarah Smith (No. 1 singles), junior Ashley Owens (No. 2 singles), sophomore Courtney Clark No. 3 singles) and junior Olivia Erekson (No. 1 doubles) are all expected to return next season for Northridge.

“We have four of the seven varsity positions returning so we could be back here next season,” Brenneman said. “Plus the JV had an excellent season.”

Brenneman took over the Northridge program the year after the team’s last semistate appearance.

“This was my first semistate trip here at Northridge but my third overall,” the coach said. “I now have a 1-4 record at this level, but the way the sport of tennis goes that is not a bad ratio.”

The Raiders finish with a 16-5 record.

Semistate Summary

FW Canterbury 4, Northridge 1

Singles

No. 1 — Leah Barnes (C) def. Sarah Smith 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 — Paige Bixler (C) def. Ashley Owens 7-5, 6-2.

No. 3 — Chelsea Himes (C) def. Courtney Clark 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles

No. 1 — Erica Goodley-Minali Aggarwal (C) def. Olivia Erekson-Amy Stoffel 7-5, 6-2.

No. 2 — Sam Harkrider-Kate Ahonen (N) def. Lauren White-Selena Savelieff 6-4, 6-3.

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