Springs’ McMinn wins at No. 1, Eagles win county

Indian Springs is down this year in tennis, but received a boost Friday when sophomore Erin McMinn swept the No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles competition to help carry her team to a second place finish in the Shelby County Tennis Tournament at the Pelham Tennis Center.

McMinn beat Samantha Peters from Oak Mountain, 6-3, 6-1, in the No. 1 singles final, as doubles partner Grace Pittman beat Oak Mountain’s Katie Gould, 6-1, 6-1 to help Springs edge Thompson and Pelham for second. The Springs duo entered their singles finals fresh off a doubles semifinal win over Peters and Kaitlyn Burgin from Oak Mountain, 10-6.

“I was kind of worried about (playing Samantha) because I’ve seen her at tournaments around. I guess I just played better since we had beaten them in doubles. I was like I can do this,” McMinn said.

While the singles wins were a key part of Springs’ second-place finish, the match that clinched it was the No. 1 doubles final against Thompson.

“Our coach (Boo Mason) had told us that if we won this match then we would get second in the tournament and that was motivation,” McMinn said.

The two took the first set 6-2, but allowed Thompson’s Lauren Faulkner and Michelle Chase to battle back to force a second set tiebreaker, which Springs won 8-6.

Mason was right. With the win Springs edged Thompson with 27 points to the Warriors’ 23. But a loss would have put Thompson ahead, 26-24.

However, no team was able to match Oak Mountain, who rolled through the tournament with 44 points to claim the county title.

The Eagles clinched first place with wins by Kourtney Sipin and Burgin at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively. Samantha Fredrick also won at No. 6, remaining undefeated at that position this season.

First-year Eagles head coach Ashley Morgan credits the win to team’s persistence.

“They fought for so many matches even matches that came down to a 10-8 win or tiebreaker. They fought and never gave up,” Morgan said.

With a 4-4 record on the year, Morgan hopes the tournament win will give her team confidence as it approaches sectionals later this month.

“I think we can go in there and aim to beat Spain Park, Hoover and Homewood and then we’ll shoot for the stars and play our best against Vestavia and Mountain Brook,” Morgan said. “We can win against those teams when we go into sections, and I think this gave us that boost of confidence not only to play well but to finish well.”

TEAM RESULTS

1. Oak Mountain (OM) – 44 points

2. Indian Springs (ISS) – 27 points

3. Thompson (THOM) – 23 points

4. Pelham (PEL) – 22 points

5. Chelsea (CHEL) – 3 points

6. Shelby County (SC) – 0 points

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

No. 1 SINGLES

Round One

Meike Groothuizen (CHEL), bye

Erin McMinn (ISS) def. Brianna Waller (SC), 10-0

Samantha Peters (OM) def. Lauren Davis (PEL), 10-7

Lauren Faulkner (THOM), bye

Semifinal

McMinn (ISS) def. Groothuizen (CHEL), 10-0

Peters (OM) def. Faulkner (THOM), 10-7

Final

McMinn (ISS) def. Peters (OM), 6-3, 6-1

No. 2 SINGLES

Round One

Grace Pittman (ISS), bye

Michelle Chase (THOM) def. Brandi Quick (SC), 10-0

Katie Foley (PEL) def. Callie Smothers (CHEL), 10-3

Katie Gould (OM), bye

Semifinal

Pittman (ISS) def. Chase (THOM), 10-0

Gould (OM) def. Foley (PEL), 10-5

Final

Pittman (ISS) def. Gould (OM), 6-1, 6-1

No. 3 SINGLES

Round One

Erin Hautter(THOM), bye

Sarah O’Neal (ISS) def. Jessica Rasco (SC), 10-3

Kourtney Sipin (OM) def. Amy Miller (CHEL), 10-0

Samantha Travis (PEL), bye

Semifinal

Hautter (THOM) def. O’Neal (ISS), 10-4

K. Sipin (OM) def. Travis (PEL), 10-10, 8-6

Final

K. Sipin (OM) def. Hautter (THOM), 6-1, 6-1

No. 4 SINGLES

First Round

Catherine Schmitz-Drager (ISS), bye

Sidney Garner (PEL) def. Kaylyn Billingsley (SC), 10-0

Macy Hendrix (THOM) def. Brittany Sipin (OM), 10-7

Victoria Heart (CHEL), bye

Semifinal

Garner (PEL) def. Schmitz-Drager (ISS), 10-2

Hendrix (THOM) def. Heart (CHEL), 10-2

Final

Garner (PEL) def. Hendrix (THOM), 6-0, 6-0

No. 5 SINGLES

First Round

Maria Siow (THOM), bye

Mary Margaret Barr (ISS) def. Taylor Guin (SC), 10-1

Kerri Flynn (PEL) def. Braden Thacker (CHEL), 10-1

Kaitlyn Burgin (OM), bye

Semifinal

Barr (ISS) def. Siow (THOM), 10-6

Burgin (OM) def. Flynn (PEL), 10-4

Final

Burgin (OM) def. Barr (ISS), 6-1, 6-1

No. 6 SINGLES

First Round

Vivian Delchamps (ISS), bye

Courtney Farish (THOM) def. Kirsten Hyatt (SC), 10-0

Samantha Fredrick (OM) def. Callen Young (PEL), 10-8

Alex Carpenter (CHEL), bye

Semifinal

Farish (THOM) def. Delchamps (ISS), 10-1

Fredrick (OM) def. Carpenter (CHEL), 10-0

Final

Delchamps (OM) def. Farish (THOM), 6-4, 6-2

No. 7 SINGLES

First Round

Andrea Mayo (ISS), bye

Anna Manning (OM), bye

Cara Speegle (PEL) def. Katie Ford (THOM), 10-2

Carrie Van Der Geest (CHEL), bye

Semifinal

Manning (OM) def. Mayo (ISS), 10-2

Speegle (PEL) def. Van Der Geest(CHEL), 10-2

Final

Manning (OM) def. Speegle (PEL), 6-4, 6-4

No. 8 SINGLES

Semifinal

Liz Hardin (THOM) def. Audrey Vickers (CHEL), 10-0

Leisha NeSmith (OM) def. Katie Kema (PEL), 10-1

Final

NeSmith (OM) def. Hardin (THOM), 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 DOUBLES

First Round

Lauren Davis/Samantha Travis (PEL), bye

Lauren Faulkner/Michelle Chase (THOM) def. Brianna Waller/Brandi Quick (SC), 10-2

Erin McMinn/Grace Pittman (ISS) def. Meike Groothuizen/Braden Thacker (CHEL), 10-1

Samantha Peters/Kaitlyn Burgin (OM), bye

Semifinal

Faulkner/Chase (THOM) def. Davis/Travis (PEL), 10-2

McMinn/Pittman (ISS) def. Peters/Burgin (OM), 10-6

Final

McMinn/Pittman (ISS) def. Faulkner/Chase (THOM), 6-2, 6-6 (8-6)

No. 2 DOUBLES

First Round

Katie Gould/Brittany Sipin (OM), bye

Erin Houtter/Maria Siow (THOM) def. Jessica Rasco/Kaylyn Billingsley (SC), 10-0

Katie Foley/Sidney Garner (PEL) def. Callie Smothers/Amy Miller (CHEL), 10-3

Sarah O’Neal/Catherine Schmitz-Drager (ISS), bye

Semifinal

Gould/Sipin (OM) def. Houtter/Siow (THOM), 10-4

Foley/Garner (PEL) def. O’Neal/Schmitz-Drager (ISS), 10-0

Final

Gould/Sipin (OM) def. Foley/Garner (PEL), 7-5, 6-1

No. 3 DOUBLES

First Round

Kerri Flynn/Callen Young (PEL), bye

Victoria Heart/Alex Carpenter (CHEL) def. Taylor Guin/Kristen Hyatt (SC), 10-3

Kourtney Sipin/Anna Manning (OM) def. Mary Margaret Barr/Vivian Delchamps (ISS), 10-2

Mary Hendrix/Courtney Farish (THOM), bye

Semifinal

Flynn/Young (PEL) def. Heart/Carpenter (CHEL), 10-1

Sipin/Manning (OM) def. Hendrix/Farish (THOM), 10-3

Final

Sipin/Manning (OM) def. Flynn/Young (PEL), 6-4, 6-4

No. 4 DOUBLES

First Round

Cara Speegle/Katie Kema (PEL), bye

Andrea Mayo (ISS)/Eunyong Jo (OM), bye

Liz Hardin/Marissa Bolling (THOM) def. Carrie VanDerGeest/Audrey Vickers (CHEL), 10-3

Leisha NeSmith/Ashley Kennedy (OM), bye

Semifinal

Speegle/Kema (PEL) def. Mayo (ISS)/Jo (OM), 11-10

NeSmith/Kennedy (OM) def. Hardin/Bolling (THOM), 10-3

Final

Speegle/Kema (PEL) def. NeSmith/Kennedy (OM), 6-0, 4-6, 11-9