Southwestern girls tennis lost just four matches all season but unfortunately for the Lady Rebels, two of those came to sectional foe Greensburg, including a 3-2 season-ending loss in the opening round of the IHSAA Sectional Wednesday in Greensburg.

Although the Rebels fell in straight sets, there were several positives in the sectional curtain call. The Pirates had beaten Southwestern 5-0 just days earlier and the Rebels’ No. 1 doubles team of Ashlyn Cloud and Chloe Adcock fended off Greensburg’s Kristen Fong and Sarah Schnieder 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 to keep their season alive and advance to the sectional tournament next week in Bloomington.

“Great match at Greensburg tonight,” Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett said. “Unfortunately we came out on the losing end 3-2. Great crowd, great atmosphere and great tennis. I knew we had a chance if a few things went our way. They beat us 5-0 about 10 days ago but I knew they did not get our best so we worked really hard the last several days on strokes and strategy.”

Southwestern’s other win came at No. 3 singles where Autumn Harmon defeated Elle Acra 6-1, 6-3.

“Autumn came up big again tonight and beat Elle Acra 6-1, 6-3 after just getting beat by her last time 6-1, 6-3,” Garrett said. “Autumn and I had a good discussion about confidence and I assured her if she played her game she could win the match and she did just that.”

Southwestern lost the top two singles matches — freshman Julia Worcester to Reagen Rigney 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 1 and Elle Ford to Bailey Menkedick 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 2.

“Julia again played an extremely good player and she was stroke for stroke in short points but the longer a rally went, Reagen was just too overpowering,” Garrett said.

The team win ended up hinging on the No. 2 singles since it was the last match on the court with the teams tied 2-2.

“(Ford) was down 5-1 in the first set but battled back to 5-4 but let that first set slip away 6-4. Elle and Bailey were just hitting the cover off the ball back and forth on long points the whole second set but Bailey was just a bit sharper and pulled out a 6-3 win,” Garrett said. “I will take Elle Ford in that situation anytime. She just ran out of gas.”

Southwestern’s second doubles team of Audrey Bare and Ally Voorhies lost to Claudia Westhafer and Aliyah Evan 6-0, 6-1.

“Two dubs just could not get going tonight footwork and movement is their issue. You can never stand and watch the ball, you must anticipate and they struggled with that tonight,” Garrett said.

Greensburg advances to the semifinals on Thursday where the Pirates will take on Madison. Shawe will face Jennings County in the other semifinal in Thursday with the winners meeting in the championship on Saturday morning.

Southwestern closes out the season at 13-4 with a Southern Indiana Tennis Conference tournament championship.

“I am so proud of these kids it has been a awesome season and we only have one senior in Ashlyn so it is a very bright future depending how much they want to get better in the offseason. We finished the season at 13-4 and as conference champion so something to build on for the future.”