The championship checklist of the Greenwood girls tennis team grows longer by the day.
Already accomplished for Greenwood’s girls tennis team: The Mid-State Conference championship, Johnson County Tournament championship, the IHSAA sectional and now the Center Grove Regional.
Next up: The semistate at Center Grove on Saturday when the Woodmen (18-2) meet Terre Haute South.
Greenwood, looking for its third straight appearance in the state finals, quickly took care of business in the regional championship match against Shelbyville with a 5-0 victory Wednesday night.
The Woodmen continued to deliver a heavy hand at all three singles positions, and the two doubles teams followed suit with straight-set wins.
The one-two punch of senior twins Jade and Jackie Kawamoto were on the court less than 30 minutes in their 6-0, 6-0 wins against Shelbyville sophomore Brig Ayres and senior Mattie Clark, respectively.
As she has done so many times this season and over the past three years, senior Mackenzie Estrem nailed down the team-clinching third point by defeating Golden Bears junior Christian Douglas, 6-2, 6-0.
Praising the success and leadership of the team’s three senior singles players, Greenwood coach Steve Gantz said the road they’ve traveled has been an incredible ride.
“They’ve just been solid competitors night in and night out. Their experience and their drive helps them prepare for each and every match,” he said.
“Our girls were really focused tonight, and that’s what we’ve got to have going into Saturday. We know it’s going to be a super challenge again in the semistate.”
Meanwhile, the Woodmen’s No. 1 doubles team of junior Ali Youngman and sophomore Joanna Moran solidified its match early against Shelbyville seniors Courtney Pearce and Leigh Murphy to post a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
After the match, Youngman said she and her partner always are cognizant of the important role they play in the team’s success.
“No matter what the score is, we always have to fully focus on our match and get the point because you never know,” Youngman said. “You don’t want to put more pressure on ourselves. You always want to stay positive and upbeat.”
Echoing her comments, Moran said, “Our job is to focus on our court and play our game.”
The Woodmen wrapped up their 5-0 win when the team’s No. 2 doubles team of senior Madison Guadian and sophomore Abby Chatham defeated sophomore Cassidy Skipton and Alivia Chenoweth, 6-2, 6-3.
In sectional doubles competition Wednesday, the Roncalli team of Emily Quill and Ally Crouch defeated Center Grove senior Kaitlyn Walsh and freshman Bailey Sammons 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the next round.