WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - After finishing last season with a 10-6 record, the Lady Raiders tennis team has elevated its play to another level this year.
Last weekend, Harrison defeated two Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponents, Avon and 17th-ranked Brownsburg. After losing to West Lafayette in the sectional championship last year, Harrison is out to prove they mean business. On Thursday the Raiders blanked the Red Devils 5-0.
"Now that we know that we can accomplish such things it would be really awesome if we could just show everyone that we are even better than last year and we can keep going," said junior Lexington Eiler.
They love to compete on and off the court. In the classroom the Raiders hold a varsity GPA of 3.94. In a sport like tennis, being mentally tough is giving Harrison an edge.
"My partner and I Meghan Dinkel, we both are very competitive on and off the court. We both have 4.0 GPA's and we're not going to lose that just like we're not going to lose this sectional. It definitely challenges us to be a better team," said junior Megan Hawkins.
"Being competitive in school and on the court makes us ready to win and wanting to win. We're hungry and we're going to come out and show them what we're made of, just like today," said junior Meghan Dinkel.
A year ago Harrison finished 4th at the Hoosier Crossroads Conference meet. This year the Raiders hope to put themselves into position to win their first ever Championship.
"Last year in the HCC we sort of surprised even ourselves and I think all the other teams as well. I think our goal is to get better than fourth this year," said senior Madison VanFossen.
"This team is really good at keeping the momentum and it would be huge if we did really well at conference and then that carried over into a sectional win," said Eiler.
The sectional draw for girls tennis will take place on Monday, May 13th. Harrison will take part in the West Lafayette sectional with Lafayette Jeff, McCutcheon, Central Catholic, and the defending sectional champion Red Devils. The State Tournament begins on Wednesday, May 15th.
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