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Lady Cards finish another great seasonPosted Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 11:12 PM
LOOGOOTEE -- Congrats to the Bloomfield High School girls tennis team. The Lady Cardinals finished off another great season, winning 16 of 19 matches and capturing another Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference championship.
Mother Nature was the only thing that kept them from breaking last year's school record of 17 wins. As coach Mike Canty said, "We had two very winnable matches rained out."
It was a record-breaking season for No. 1 singles player Bailey Maryfield. The Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) recruit won 16 matches this season, giving her 62 career victories, all at singles.
This was the most wins by any Bloomfield girls tennis player, breaking the singles mark of Laura Kay Watkins (51) and total career wins plateau previously owned by Brittany Kuruzovich (57, 44 victories at singles and 13 at doubles).
The three losses in 2009 by the Cardinals all came at the hands of the Loogootee Lady Lions and all were by scores of 4-1. Tennis is the one sport where team scores can be deceiving.
The loss Wednesday in the semifinals of the Loogootee Sectional was excruciating as two of the five matches went three sets and were over three hours in length. That 4-1 loss to the Lady Lions could have easily been a 3-2 Bloomfield victory.
With another win over the Lady Cards (five in the past two years), Loogootee all but wrapped up its sixth consecutive girls tennis sectional championship and 14th in school history.
Believe it or not, the Lady Cardinals have won just won girls sectional championship in tennis -- 2002.
Fate is cruel sometimes. The Lady Cardinals won 33 matches over the past two seasons, but have no sectional hardware to show for their efforts.
"We knew we were going to have to play very good tennis to have a chance," said Canty. "In tennis, it always comes down the bloody points. We were very close to winning this match 3-2, winning a sectional championship and breaking the school record for wins in a season.
"But Loogootee is a very good team and has a very good program for several years. Their girls have been together for several years and it shows."
You have to be good to win a sectional championship, but sometimes you have to be lucky as well. You have to have the fortune of playing at the right place at the right time. The Lady Cardinals were good enough to win many sectionals across the state the past two seasons, but unfortunately that did not include Loogootee.
B.J. Hargis is sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at email@example.com.
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