Emma Brune understands that Indiana is not generally considered a hotbed of tennis nationwide.
“It was really cool to win as a team from Indiana and represent the Midwest,” said Brune, a 2021 Carmel High School graduate. “People don’t generally expect Indiana to be better than teams from New York, California, Texas, etc. “
The central Indiana team, which included three other players from Carmel High School, defeated California 35-24 (combined game total) on July 1 at the championship on the United States Tennis Association’s national campus in Orlando. Central Indiana, which qualified by winning the Midwest Chapter title in March, won all five matches at the national tournament, beating a New York team in the semifinals.
It was the 25th anniversary of World Team Tennis, created by tennis legend Billie Jean King.
“As a senior it was a great way to win, and it was also a bit sentimental to be with everyone one last time,” said Brune, who plans to play club tennis at the University of Alabama.
The team were coached by Cheryl Loy, whose daughter, Lucy Loy, was one of six players. Lucy, who graduated from Fishers High School in 2021, will play tennis for the University of Nebraska next season. Lucy said California was the toughest opponent.
“The other teams were good, but nobody could play doubles like they could, so they really tested us there,” said Lucy. “I had no doubt we were going to win. Our singles definitely helped us get ahead of the game.
Lucy Loy and Brune joined 2021 CHS graduates Leila Antony, Jones McNamar and Eli Mercer, who will be a CHS senior this fall. Adian William, who will be in the final year of West Lafayette High School this fall, was the sixth member.
Brune played the No.1 singles and Antony played the CHS team’s No.2 singles, which won the IHSAA Women’s State Team title on June 5.
“The key to winning the world team tennis championships was definitely the ability to work together and support each other,” said Antony, who plans to play club tennis at Indiana University. “By encouraging each other during the games, our team bond has been strong. This national tournament was my last junior tournament game, so it was really special to come out on top. Being Emma’s teammate from the National Finals to the WTT National Championships was really great because over the years we have been able to persevere through so many tough games.
Lucy agreed that the team chemistry was crucial.
“In this format you can be as strong as you want, so we had fun cheering each other on,” said Lucy. “We played to our potential, I could tell. Our doubles dominated and helped secure victories. My mom was the coach, and she was very encouraging and just wanted us to go out there and stay positive and have fun. “
McNamar and Mercer were part of the Greyhounds State Championship squad in October 2020. McNamar, who will play for Marian University next season, also won the individual doubles title with Srisanth Malpeddi.
“It was great to experience multiple championships in my senior year, especially since last summer there was uncertainty if we would even be able to have a season due to COVID-19 restrictions.” McNamar said.