Sectional Champions

Athenians capture fourth straight sectional title


The three Crawfordsville girls tennis seniors in Sam Rohr, and the sister duo of Amy and Emily Weliever can say they’ve now accomplished something special. Thursday night Crawfordsville girls tennis won their fourth straight sectional title with a 4-1 win over Western Boone. The three seniors can officially say they’ve brought home the sectional trophy in all four years as an Athenian.

The sectional title is also the 26th in school history.

The match did take place indoors at Wabash College so with only three courts available the night took a little longer than normal but it was well worth the wait. Rohr got CHS on the board with a 6-2, 6-1 win over the Stars Adelaide Jones. Reagan Cox was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at two singles and Cville swept the singles positions with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 super tie-break win from Emily at three singles. Emma Buser and Amy Weliever were 6-2, 6-1 winners at two doubles. While the one doubles team of Alayna Hall and Isla Steward fell in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 5-7, the sophomore duo gave it everything they had and played one of their best matches of the season.

“Credit WeBo as they came out swinging and you could tell that they were going to give us a fight,” Cville coach Kara Amundson said. “It’s tough as the season goes on because not only do you see how you’re improving but also how other teams are doing the same thing. I’m really proud of how hard everyone fought and we get to hoist another sectional trophy.”

Rohr who has manned the No. 1 singles spot since her sophomore season has been the driving force for the Athenians in their four-peat. She stepped in and was able to carry the load of what is required of a one singles player. Afterwards she noted how this title feels just a little more special for her and the Weliever sisters.

“This one is probably the most emotional one that we’ve had in our four years,” Rohr said.  “I’m really happy for myself and my team that we were able to get this one. Tennis is such a mental sport and when you’re able to have the success that we’ve had it makes that makes everything we’ve been through well worth it.  Playing in that one singles spot comes with a lot of pressure and I know that my team depends on me and that I need to pull through.”

The sectional title advances CHS on to the Regional for the fourth straight season where they will see a familiar foe in the Fountain Central Mustangs who won their sectional title on Friday. Earlier this season the Mustangs were 3-2 winners over CHS with two of those matches going three sets. This year’s Regional is hosted by Lebanon and the Athenians will get their chance at redemption on Tuesday when the two area foes square off in what’s expected to be another great tennis match.

“We’re all excited because we feel like we’re all playing our best tennis right now,” Rohr said. “As a senior that’s what you want and I know Tuesday will be another great match.”

The winner between CHS and FC will advance to the Regional Final on Wednesday.