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Lady Vandals beat Shelbyville for first win of '13

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals picked up their first win of the fall in dominating fashion on Tuesday, taking eight of nine matches against Shelbyville.

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Vandalia (1-1) outscored the Lady Rams, 99-34, over the nine matches, with Shelbyville’s lone win coming in No. 3 singles, with Kayla Lee outlasting junior Courtney Ulmer, 11-9, in a match that lasted nearly two hours.

Sophomore Hannah Blythe remains undefeated in singles after picking up a 10-0 win against Mykenna Allen, and senior Kristyn Nichols and junior Nicole Wells each earned their first career varsity singles wins.

Nichols defeated Rachel West, 10-5, in No. 5 singles, and No. 6 Wells battled Julia Bolinger to a 12-10 win in her first-ever varsity singles match.

Senior Karlee Brimberry added her first win of the season, with a 10-2 victory against Alexis Halbrook.

She then teamed with Blythe in No. 1 doubles to win 10-2, while Ulmer and Dothager were 10-0 winners at No. 2 and Wells and freshman Emma Meyer won 8-1 at No. 3, giving Meyer a win in her first-ever varsity match.

The win followed a 7-2 home loss to Roxana on Monday.

Blythe was a 10-4 winner against Sami Owsley in No. 1 singles, and Ulmer picked up a 10-7 win against Anna Ballard at No. 3, but those would be Vandalia’s only wins.

Several other matches were close, however, with Brimberry, Dothager and senior Kendall Leander each losing 10-7 in singles, and Nichols and Leander losing 10-7 in doubles, so it could be a different result on Sept. 24 when the Lady Vandals travel to Roxana.

Vandalia stays at home on Thursday, with a 4 p.m. match against Greenville, but that will be its final action until Sept. 12, when a seven-match road stretch begins at Hillsboro.

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Vandalia 8
Shelbyville 1
Singles
•No. 1 Blythe won, 10-0.
•No. 2 Brimberry won, 10-2.
•No. 3 Ulmer lost, 9-11.
•No. 4 Dothager won, 10-3.
•No. 5 Nichols won, 10-5.
•No. 6 Wells won, 12-10.
Doubles
•No. 1 Blythe/Brimberry won, 10-2.
•No. 2 Ulmer/Dothager won, 10-0.
•No. 3 Wells/Meyer won, 8-1.
JV
•Gabby Dossett/Kierstyn Dossett won, 8-0
•Leander won, 8-2
•Madisyn Holman won, 8-0
Record: 1-1

Monday, Aug. 26
Roxana 7
Vandalia 2
Singles
•No. 1 Blythe won, 10-4.
•No. 2 Brimberry lost, 7-10.
•No. 3 Ulmer won, 10-7.
•No. 4 Dothager lost, 7-10.
•No. 5 Nichols lost, 4-10.
•No. 6 Leander lost, 7-10.
Doubles
•No. 1 Blythe/Brimberry lost, 4-10.
•No. 2 Ulmer/Dothager lost, 5-10.
•No. 3 Nichols/Leander lost, 7-10.
JV
•Wells/Meyers won, 8-1.
•Dossett/Dossett won, 8-1.
•Holman/Alexandra Schroeder lost, 5-8.
Record: 0-1