Tennis season ends at sectional

EFFINGHAM – The Vandalia tennis season came to a close last Friday with no wins at the sectional tournament.

But coach Kevin Schroeder had no complaints about how his girls performed.

“They gave it a very good effort,” Schroeder said. “The effort was there, but the results don’t show where the effort was.

“It just didn’t go our way, kind of the opposite of the conference meet.”

The Lady Vandals nearly had three victories, as freshman Hannah Blythe lost her first-round singles match, 3-6, 6-7 (6-8); seniors Paige Ehrat and Bailey Jones received a bye and then lost, 1-6, 6-3, 3-6; and junior Karlee Brimberry and senior Emilie Britt lost in the first round, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6.

Also playing was senior Jordan Boren, who received a first-round bye before falling to South Central Conference singles champion Nicki Dehghani from Hillsboro, 0-6, 1-6.

Vandalia closed the regular season with a 6-6 record and had four players receive all-conference honors.

“I’m happy with how the season went,” Schroeder said. “I was hoping we could get to .500, but I wasn’t sure if we would.

“There were a lot of good things that occurred this season.”

Vandalia also placed second at the Highland Tournament.

The five seniors on the team combined for 20 singles wins and 51 doubles wins on the season.

Those players will be recognized prior to the varsity volleyball game on Thursday.

“I thought the seniors would have a good season.” Schroeder said. “The seniors are good at doubles, so the doubles play didn’t surprise me, but they pulled out enough singles wins to help get us to .500.”

Vandalia senior Paige Ehrat returns a shot last Friday during doubles at the sectional tournament in Effingham.

Junior Karlee Brimberry returns a shot during doubles of last Friday’s sectional tournament.

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