Southwestern’s girls tennis team (above) defeated Shawe 4-1 Tuesday for the Rebels’ school-record 16th win of the season. Liz Grote (below) scored the Hilltoppers’ lone win at No. 1 singles. (Staff photo below by Mark Campbell, photo above submitted)<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->—————
Southwestern’s girls tennis team (above) defeated Shawe 4-1 Tuesday for the Rebels’ school-record 16th win of the season. Liz Grote (below) scored the Hilltoppers’ lone win at No. 1 singles. (Staff photo below by Mark Campbell, photo above submitted)

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Southwestern's girls tennis team swept both doubles and won two of the three singles matches from Shawe to make history Tuesday by scoring the team's school-record 16th win of the season 4-1 at Hanover Park.

"Real nice win for us tonight to get that school record 16th win," said Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett. "We are 60-13 over the last four years and that is something for them to be very proud of. I am just so proud of these young ladies. If someone is not at their best one night, everyone picks up the slack and digs a little deeper for the team."

The Rebels' first shot at breaking the record had been denied 3-2 by unbeaten Borden on Friday but there was no denying Southwestern Tuesday. The Rebels' two doubles teams made quick work of the Hilltoppers as did No. 3 singles player Cheyenne McKinley to lock up the school wins record quickly before the Hilltoppers and Rebels waged two marathon battles and No. 1 and No. 2 singles.

Southwestern's Sarah Anderson gutted out a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 win over Shawe's Taylor Grote at No. 2 singles before Shawe's Liz Grote outlasted Abbey Garrett 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 to break up the Rebel shutout.

"Sarah really had a tough match tonight against Taylor Grote who is one of the best hitters in our area, but she was tough enough to pull it out in two sets and up her record to 17-1," coach Garrett said. "Abbey and Liz played one of those marathon matches that could have gone either way. Shawe has a lot of pride, great kids, and are a very competitive team and coach (Steve) Sims does a really nice job."

"There were definitely some bright spots to be excited about even though we got the loss," Sims, the Shawe coach, said. "Kenny has his team ready for sectional and I do think we are playing our best tennis right now."

Other results were: Singles - No. 3 McKinley (SW) d. Bailey Davis (SM) 6-1, 6-0; Doubles - No. 1 Jordan Worcester, Kearstin Bruther (SW) d. Brittany Snodgrass, Kaylan Robison (SM) 6-3, 6-1; No. 2 Meredith Webber, Alex Drossart (SW) d. Hannah Storm, McKay Burdette (SM) 6-0, 6-0.

In a lone reserve match, Southwestern's Lamya Jenkins defeated Shawe's Paulette Koronkovich 8-1.

Southwestern (16-2) hosts Milan on Thursday. Shawe (7-10) visits Oldenburg Academy on Thursday.