BATESVILLE — The Oldenburg Academy varsity tennis team defended its regional title Wednesday night by knocking off host Richmond 3-2 to advance to the Center Grove Semistate.
Richmond took an early 1-0 lead with a victory at No. 1 doubles. Maddie Farris and Ciera deCourcy beat Ivy Glaser and Hannah Hanauer 6-1 and 6-1.
Senior Chrissy Wanstrath picked up Oldenburg’s first point with a straight set win at No. 3 singles. Wanstrath defeated Madina Seytmuradova 6-2 and 6-2.
The No. 2 doubles team of Claire Dickey and Ella Lamping put the Lady Twisters in front 2-1 by knocking off Julia Hays and Krissy Kramer 6-3 and 6-3.
Freshman Sarah Wilder sealed the team victory with a win in two sets at No. 2 singles. Wilder defeated Katy Robinson by the scores of 6-3 and 6-4.
Richmond’s second win of the night came in a long three-set match at No. 1 singles.
Oldenburg junior Gretchen Wilder won the first set 6-3 against Peyton Young, but the Richmond singles player bounced back to win the next two 6-2 and 7-5 for the match.
“One of team’s preseason goals was to defend its sectional and regional championships, but we knew we would be challenged along the way,” OA head coach Mark Wilder commented. “The finals against Richmond played out just as I anticipated with a close 3-2 result.”
The Lady Twisters knocked off New Castle the night before by a score of 4-1 to advance to the finals.
It did not take long for the Lady Twisters to know they would be playing in the regional finals.
Gretchen Wilder and Sarah Wilder were easy winners in singles play to put OA on top 2-1.
Wanstrath needed a little more time, but came away with a 6-1 and 6-2 win at No. 3.
Dickey and Lamping added a fourth victory after winning a third set “super” tie-breaker at No. 2 doubles.
New Castle’s lone win came at No. 1 doubles. Kaidel nd Erwin defeated May Hetzer and Glaser by the scores of 6-0 and 6-2.