GOT IT!: Southwestern’s Sarah Anderson leaps to hit the ball while running down a return from Shawe’s Claire Higgins at No. 2 singles on Tuesday at Hanover Park. Anderson and the Rebels shut out the Hilltoppers 5-0. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
GOT IT!: Southwestern’s Sarah Anderson leaps to hit the ball while running down a return from Shawe’s Claire Higgins at No. 2 singles on Tuesday at Hanover Park. Anderson and the Rebels shut out the Hilltoppers 5-0. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Southwestern pulled off a 5-0 sweep of cross-county rival Shawe Memorial in girls tennis on a cold and blustery day at the Hanover Park courts on Tuesday.

The Rebels won four of the five matches in straight sets in their first dual meet of the season. The most closely-contested match of the day came at No. 3 singles where Southwestern's Emily Watkins outlasted Shawe's Megan Hill 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

"The match of the night was at No. 3 singles where Emily pulled out a tough three set win," Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett said. "She really battled a tough player and got down 5-0 in the third and won seven games in a row to pull out the win."

Abbey Garrett and Sarah Anderson claimed Southwestern's other singles victories. Garrett bested the Hilltoppers' Taylor Grote 7-6, 6-3 at No. 1 while Anderson knocked off Claire Higgins 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2.

"I knew Abbey and Taylor would be a good match. Both girls hit the ball very well," Garrett said. "Abbey got down early in the first set but really hung in there to pull out a tough two set win. Sarah is a real rock for us at No. 2 singles. She really keeps the ball in play and never gives up and played a very solid match tonight against a very talented freshmen in Claire Higgins."

At No. 1 doubles, Jordan Worcester and Kearstin Bruther defeated Shawe's Lauren Cielinski and Carson Hambrick 6-0, 6-1. Meredith Webber and Heather Totten beat Jenna Armstrong and Hannah Storm 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.

"Doubles will be key for us this season. Kearstin and Jordan play very well together and they should have a strong season for us," Garrett said. "Meredith and Heather will be playing together for the first time this season and so far have been very consistent they kept the ball in play well tonight to get the win.

"It was a really good win for us to start out the regular season," Garrett added. "Shawe has a very nice young team and will only get better. I could not have asked for anymore out of the girls tonight. With the conditions they really impressed me."

Southwestern (1-0) visits Austin today. Shawe, (3-2) hosts Lawrenceburg on Thursday.