Lebanon Reporter

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January 4, 2010

Year in Review No. 4: Bethany Moore serves notice on the tennis court

It was a banner opening campaign for Lebanon freshman Bethany Moore in 2009, becoming the first Tigers tennis player to reach the state finals.

Moore, who finished the year 23-1, was eliminated in state tournament by Brittany Farmer in a back-and-forth match in the individual quarterfinals.

Prior to last season, only 11 freshman had made it to the state finals since 1998. Moore, along with Caroline Eberhart of Mishawaka Marion, became the 12th and 13th.

Moore finished the regular season 19-0, winning the Sagamore Conference title. She defeated Western Boone’s Britteny Horlacher in the team sectional before defeating Kaylan Evans of Attica in the individual sectional.

She defeated Rachel Barger of Adams Central and Ashlyn Rang of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger in the regional before running into Farmer.

“It was my goal to come in and be undefeated, and I was able to do just that,” Moore said after her individual sectional crown.

But it wasn’t just winning the matches that made Moore so impressive. It was the way she was able to do it.

Prior to the second round of the regional against Rang, Moore had not lost more than three games in any set throughout the year.

She also didn’t lose a set until she was beaten by Farmer at the state finals.

Moore is the third-best recruit in Indiana for the Class of 2012, according to tennisrecruiting.net, and the 18th in the Great Lakes region.

The Lebanon girls tennis team starts its season March 25 and the goal for Moore will be to continue her success from last year.

Even with the loss to end the year, Moore has fond memories of her initial season with Lebanon.

“It was a great season,” Moore said. “I had a lot of fun.”

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