After one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory, the area teams from Southwestern Indiana are ready to start the postseason.
At three different locations — Loogootee, Vincennes Lincoln and North Daviess — the five area teams will begin the road to a sectional championship.
Washington enters today’s match against host school Vincennes Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. feeling great about its chances under second-year coach Kevin Stallman. The Hatchets lost 3-2 to Vincennes Rivet a year ago in the first round, but a strong regular season has provided optimism that this year will be different.
“If we can getting our mometum going this week, we should have a pretty decent chance,” Stallman said. “We feel like we have a good chance in the sectional.”
Washington enters the sectional with a 6-3 record in dual matches and has had a tough time finding momentum with all the rain this spring. Washington was 1-0 against the other teams in its sectional draw. Washington’s Audrey Rogers will be vital at No. 1 singles and Audra Stallman will lead at No. 1 doubles. The Hatchets beat Lincoln, 5-0,but were rained out against South Knox and Vincennes Rivet and they didn’t play Washington Catholic. The Cardinals will face the winner of Tuesday’s Vincennes Rivet-Shoals matchup Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. WC will look to Rachel May and Claire Burch against the Patriots to get off to a good start in the postseason.
“We have the potential,” Stallman said. “If we have a really good week, we can certainly win that sectional.”
At Loogootee, the host Lions (4-13) are in year two of their rebuilding plan as they enter the first round against Paoli today at 4:30 p.m. Barr-Reeve (11-2) will follow with a match against Northeast Dubois. Loogootee lost 5-0 to Dubois, Barr-Reeve and Paoli. The Lions will look to No. 1 singles’ Emily Bateman to get the Lions off and running.