2019 Mississinewa Girls' Tennis 2019
Coaches: Bruce Fleming, Anna McGuire, Summer Niverson, Colton Shipley
2019 team picture
On Wednesday, our season ended with a 4-1 loss to Marion in the sectionals. Tyra dominated her opponent…the same one who beat Tyra in the opening match of the season in a heart-break match that took over 3 ½ hours to complete. Tyra made it a much shorter event in the sectionals. Heidi put up a good fight but was overmatched by a very strong Marion #1S player. Ella/Taylor played well and showed how much they improved during the season in their battle at #1D. This was an abrupt end to our season…I was not ready for this season to end. The future is very bright.
On Monday, we hosted Muncie Burris for our last regular season match. We played well in the 3-2 loss to the Owls and were very close…we dropped a 6-4 third set match.
On Saturday, we competed in the 8-team Concordia Invitational. Heidi (1S) and Ella/Taylor (1D) won their first two matches of the day to advance them to the championship round. 1D fell to Canterbury in the finals while Heidi defeated Bellmont and captured the crown for 1S! In the second round, Heidi avenged an earlier season loss to a strong Canterbury player. Tyra and Maggie each took 4th in their positions while Hallie/Issy ended 5th at 2D. We finished 3rd of 8 teams.
On Friday, we hosted Madison Grant for our last conference match. We headed into this match in the lead for the CIC title. After the singles positions swept through the first sets, each winning 6-1, it looked promising for us to capture the title outright. The tide turned quickly in the second set. We forced a second set tie-break at 1D but dropped the second set at 3S. The third set at 3S was not friendly to us….we lost it and lost the match 3-2…a huge heartbreaker! I hope we rebound quickly and in a strong fashion,
On Thursday, we travelled to Hamilton Heights with hopes to complete the match before the rain hit. Heidi, Tyra, Maggie gave us an early team win by giving up only two games combined in all three matches. After going down 2-0 at 1D, Ella/Taylor won 11 3/5 of the next 12 3/5 games….the rain stopped play while they were leading 6-3, 5-0, 40-30....one point away from the official victory but close enough to call it 4-1 team win!
On Wednesday, we travelled to Frankton to play for the first time in a week. I was worried we might be little rusty competing against one of the better teams in the conference. Heidi, Tyra, and Maggie came through, winning in straight sets to seal the team victory. Ella/Taylor played well in the deciding 3rd set to earn a victory at 1D.
On Thursday, we hosted Blackford. 2D finished immediately before the rain hit, winning in a 3rd set tie-break, to give us a 5-0 victory. We are now 3-0 in conference play but have some challenging CIC matches next week. I am excited to see how we will finish in the conference standings, since we are playing better every match.
On Tuesday, we travelled to Alexandria to face a tough conference opponent. Heidi and Tyra gave us an early 2-0 lead and with Maggie and Taylor/Ella winning their first sets, it looked like the team victory would be sealed up soon. After 2D lost and the team score 2-1, both remaining courts dropped their second set to increase the excitement. We split the two 3-setters to give us a narrow victory…whew! It was a good day for Olemiss Tennis. We captured the new traveling racquet!
On Saturday, we played in the 8-team Homestead Invitational. After two rounds of play, the rain hit and cancelled the remainder of the tourney. We were doing fairly well on the day, competing well on 4 of our 5 courts. Heidi advanced to the championship match at the #1 singles position…she came up just short after splitting sets with Homestead’s #1S player dropping the super tie-breaker 11-9….so close! It was a great day for Mississinewa Tennis! I am excited to continue conference play after the way we played these past two tournaments.
On Tuesday, we defeated Western 4-1. We stopped comeback attacks at 3S and 1D to seal the team victory. Our record is now 6-3.
On Saturday, we played in the Canterbury Tournament. We were fortunate to be able to play indoors, since it was raining outside. In the first round, we defeated Plainfield 3-2. In the second round, we dropped a close match to Manchester 3-2. In the third round, we lost 4-1 to tourney champ Canterbury. It was a long day for a young team but we will benefit from this day.
On Wednesday, we started conference play by defeating Elwood 3-2. The singles players led the way by each winning 6-0, 6-0. We are still trying to get new players comfortable on the court. We will get a chance to learn a lot this weekend. We are now 4-1 and will start to play our more challenging part of the schedule.
On Tuesday, we played our first match in 7 days by hosting Wabash. Heidi swept her opponent without yielding a single game. Overall, we were not playing at our best…maybe due to the long stretch without a match…maybe due to prom weekend. It was nice to get the team win though.
On Tuesday, we defeated Bluffton 5-0 on their courts. Tyra did not give up a game in her win. It was a windy day…our players did a good job staying focused and competitive.
On Friday, we traveled to Anderson in hopes to rebound from the Marion match. The players were more comfortable on the court and more consistent. The singles players lead the way, only giving up 1 game of their 37 games played. It was a great day to get us moving forward.
On Wednesday, we opened our season by hosting #28 Marion. Our singles players got off to a great start and showed we were not going to go down without a fight. Maggie won her match at 3S while Tyra battled for over 3 ½ hours before dropping a traditional 3rd set tie-break. This match gave us motivation to work to improve. I think it will do just that.
I am looking forward to this spring season. We have a lot of new faces to the team and they all have smiles on them. We have some great leaders (even though they are underclassmen also – we have no seniors on this team) with some varsity experience to lead help the newbies learn the ropes and develop their skills. It will be interesting to see who becomes the great players. There is so much potential. I hope the weather does not slow down our progress too much.
2015 CIC CHAMPS!
2016 Walk of Hope
Due: Due: May 13, 2019
SNACKS FOR PLAYERS
Please call Michele Stanley (506-6819) or Katie Frantz (667-5655) if you would like to send snacks for the players.
2019 CIC Conference OUTLOOK
Alexandria – Graduated 5 of their top 7 players. Have good, young players moving up to join junior McKenzie Adams and sophomore Reiley Hiser.
Blackford –.Return 4 of top 7 players from last year’s team, including #1S. Will be led by senior Tori Baker(All-Conference 1st Team in 2018)…return promising juniors Skylar Stephens, Ashley Willman, who were both named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention List in 2018.
Frankton – Only graduated one senior. Will be led by returning #1S, Abby Williams. Will be much improved in 2019.
Madison Grant – Graduated 2 of top 7 players, including their top player Lexi Crouse. Brooke Butcher returns after earning All-Conference 1st Team selection in 2018. Kayla Comer and Sadie Wilson both were named All-CIC Honorable Mention in 2018. Should compete for the conference title as a team.
Elwood – Even though Elwood graduated 4 players, including their best in Brooke Creamer, their program continues to move forward.
Mississinewa – Graduated 4 players, including Haleigh Rowley, the top CIC player over the past 4 years. Recaptured conference title in 2018. Return juniors, Heidi Rowley, Maggie Herring, and Tyra Stanley….all three know how to win! Will have a hard time replacing veteran players Haleigh Rowley, Gabby Stephenson, Abigail Tignor, and Heavyn Miller. New players will have to step up for the Indians to win another title.
2019 Varsity Record: 10 - 5
2019 JV Record: 5 – 6
2016 Varsity Record: 15–3 (JV record: 4 – 8)
2015 Varsity Record: 14–5 (JV record: 12 – 6)
2014 Varsity Record: 19–2 (JV record: 10 – 5)
2013 Varsity Record: 13–3 (JV record: 13 – 2)
2012 Varsity Record: 12–8 (JV record: 2–11–2)
2011 Varsity Record: 15–5 (JV record: 14–1–1)
2010 Varsity Record: 14–4 (JV record: 6–8–1)
2009 Varsity Record: 16–2 (JV record: 5–8–2)
2008 Varsity Record: 12- 3 (JV Record: 9-2-2)
2014 CIC Champs!
2014 Concordia Invitational Runner Ups!
2014 Lebanon Invitational Champs!
2014 Logansport Tournament Champs!
2014 Lebanon Tourney
Varsity Finished 1st place
Varsity Defeated Westfield 4-1
Varsity Defeated Lebanon 4-1 (championship)
J.V. lost to Westfield 5-1
J.V. defeated Rossville 4-0
2013 Lebanon Tourney Champs
2013 MG Doubles Champs
In order for our program to field a competitive team each year, our players must make a commitment to improving their skills!
ALL PLAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE THEIR BEST EFFORT EVERY DAY IN PRACTICE!
If a player is not practicing with the highest intent to improve and to help maintain a positive environment, she will not be allowed to participate that day.
2018 Walk of Hope
2017 Walk of Hope
2016 Walk of Hope
2015 Walk of Hope
2014 Walk of Hope
2013 Walk of Hope
There are many to thank for their support to our program…if you see or visit any of these people/businesses, please help express our gratitude!
Mr. Chanse Young and the Mississinewa Community Schools administration.
Thank you to those who volunteer with our program. Their expertise provides so much to our team.
2015 WALK OF HOPE
2015 Prom Girls
2016 Muncie Central Invitational Champs!
Each Player will meet with the coaches at the conclusion of the season.