Kristen Conoley and Hannah Hook were dialed in all season.
The Franklin Community High School duo finished the regular season undefeated, picked up a sectional championship and took a 24-0 record into Saturday’s IHSAA Doubles Regional championship match at Carmel.
However, it was another undefeated team, Cathedral’s Caroline Combs and Meredith Goshell (23-0), who earned the regional title with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
Competing at the Carmel Racquet Club because of rain on Saturday, Conoley and Hook ran through Northeastern’s Kristian Ketron and partner Claire Ladd 6-0, 6-0 in less than 45 minutes in the morning session.
In the regional championship, Franklin won the first game of the first set with Hook serving.
Cathedral bounced back by winning three straight games to take the first set.
Hook and Conoley rebounded by winning the first two games of the second set. But with the score tied at three games apiece, Cathedral powered its way to the championship by winning the last three games to secure the match and move on to this week’s IHSAA State Doubles Finals.
Conoley, a senior who went through commencement ceremonies on Friday, teamed with fellow senior Logan Jones a year ago and enjoyed a successful season while Hook played singles.
This season, Jones moved to the No. 1 singles position, and coach Rusty Hughes paired Conoley and Hook at No. 1 doubles. The pairing was a winning combination throughout the year.
“They both played their hearts out and were extremely aggressive,” Hughes said. “They didn’t let Cathedral dictate the pace. We really went after them.
“We played hard, and we knew going in there were going to be some runs, but you have to come back and not let those runs get you down.”
Conoley will attend Purdue and study speech language pathology in the fall.
“When I think of Kristen Conoley, I think of class,” Hughes said.
Meanwhile, Hook returns next season for her senior year.
“Hannah is a team player,” Hughes said. “She’ll do whatever is best for the team. She always puts the team ahead of Hannah.
“When you coach two kids like them, you can’t do any better.”