Franklin girls' tennis team clinched their third consecutive sectional championship by defeating Whiteland 5-0, maintaining their unbeaten streak. Despite playing two matches in one day due to weather concerns, the sixth-ranked Grizzly Cubs showcased dominance, particularly in their singles matches, and set their sights on the regional semifinal.

By the Numbers
  • Franklin's overall record: 23-0 this season, 50-1 over the last two seasons.
  • Match scores against Whiteland: 5-0.
  • Victories of key singles players: Rylie Wilkison (6-1, 6-1), Marnie Moore, and Chelsie Rayl (both 6-0, 6-0).
Yes, But

While Franklin celebrated their victory, Whiteland's improvement throughout the season was notable, finishing 12-12 after starting 0-6. Their resilience and leadership from 12 seniors highlight the competitive spirit and potential ahead.

State of Play
  • Franklin is set to face either Connersville or Rushville in the regional semifinal next Tuesday.
  • The Grizzly Cubs are aiming to at least match their previous year's state semifinal appearance.
  • Coach Rusty Hughes emphasized their strong team dynamics and academic strength.
What's Next

Franklin eyes a return to the state finals, leveraging their experienced senior players. Whiteland looks forward to building around a younger roster, aiming for continued improvement and success in the upcoming season.

Bottom Line

Franklin girls' tennis exemplifies excellence and consistency with their third straight sectional title and an unbeaten record. Their journey continues with a strong chance for further accomplishments, while Whiteland's promising growth underlines the competitive spirit of high school athletics.