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Northridge’s Olivia Erekson and Courtney Clark — pictured during a May 21, 2013, match in Middlebury — will compete in the Indiana high school girls doubles tournament following a win Saturday, May 25, 2013. The team, however, lost to Carroll 4-1 in the Fort Wayne Concordia Semistate. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
Northridge falls in girls tennis semistate

Posted on May 25, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 25, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.

Anthony Anderson

Truth Staff

FORT WAYNE — Northridge lost a tightly fought Fort Wayne Concordia Semistate championship match to Carroll 4-1 on Saturday, May 25, though the Raiders’ No. 1 pair of Olivia Erekson and Courtney Clark won to earn a spot in the individual doubles tourney field.

Two of the No. 10-ranked Chargers’ points came on courts that featured tiebreakers, as Sarah Smith dropped a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) decision at No. 1 singles, and the duo of Emily Erekson and Mackenzie Martin a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 match at 2 doubles.

“It didn’t fall our way today, but that doesn’t take away from our season as a whole,” Northridge coach Angie Brenneman said. “The girls had a great season. It might’ve helped prepare us a little better if (the Homestead match during the regular season hadn’t been canceled due to rain). Maybe we get a little further down the road, but we accomplished a lot.”

Carroll improved to 22-2 and earned a spot in next weekend’s State Finals quarterfinals.

The Raiders closed at 14-2, their lone regular-season loss being 4-1 against No. 4-ranked Penn. Northridge won NLC round-robin and tournament titles to go with sectional and regional crowns.

The next opponent for Clark and Olivia Erekson (18-4) remains to be determined.

FW CONCORDIA SEMISTATE

Carroll 4, Northridge 1

Singles

Rachel Sutton (C) def. Sarah Smith 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). Ashley Hoagland (C) def. Ashley Owens 6-4, 6-1. Jenna Jackson (C) def. Emily Hughes 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles

Olivia Erekson/Courtney Clark (N) def. Audrey Mallers/Makenzie Schoeff 6-3, 6-3. Taylor Stanchin/Catherine Curtis (C) def. Emily Erekson/Mackenzie Martin 6-4 (7-4), 7-6.

Records: Carroll 22-2, Northridge 14-2.

Next: Carroll vs. Carmel in State Finals quarterfinal Friday, May 31, at Carmel High School.