Kokomo — A year ago Bethany Moore became the first girl tennis player from Lebanon H.S. to make it to the IHSAA State Finals. Moore backed up that accomplishment Saturday, defeating two opponents in the Kokomo girls tennis regional, to once again advance to the state finals.
When asked about her goals for the upcoming competition at North Central High School, Moore’s response was simple and direct, “To win. To do better than last year.”
Last season, as a freshman, Moore lost in her first match (7-6, 7-6) to Brittany Farmer of Terre Haute North, finishing with a stellar 24-1 record. Saturday’s victories improved Moore to 25-1 for the 2009-10 season.
Moore opened play at Kokomo High School in a 10 a.m. match with Kara Fletcher (13-5) from Bluffton. Fletcher provided little resistance for Moore who played nearly flawless tennis through the first five games. Fletcher rallied to win the sixth game before Moore closed out the first set 6-1 just before it started to rain. At that point all players were pulled off the courts and officials decided to finish the matches at the Howard County Indoor Tennis Center in nearby Greentown.
The change to indoor play didn’t faze Moore, as she closed out the match with a 6-0 victory in the second set. In all, it took the Lebanon sophomore less than 40 minutes to advance to the regional final.
“I played well the whole match,” Moore said. “Playing indoors probably helped me serve better with no wind. The change was fine with me.”
For more of the story, see Monday's Lebanon Reporter.