The last time the Carroll and Homestead girls tennis teams played each other, the score was 5-0, but the individual matches were much closer. The No. 10-ranked Chargers won all three matches which lasted three sets on May 7.
The unranked Spartans get another chances at the Chargers in today's first round of the Homestead Regional. Bishop Dwenger, 10-4, plays Huntington North, 11-7, in the other semifinal match with the winners playing Wednesday. Play starts both days at 4:30 p.m.
The Spartans, 12-3, are hoping they have improved enough to challenge the Chargers, 19-2.
``Everything would have to go our way, but I'm optimistic,'' Homestead coach Jim Shull said. ``We won the second set in all three of those and usually that's momentum, so Carroll did a good job of handling that. I don't take anything away from Carroll, but from a spectator's point of view I think it can be interesting.''
The Chargers also have to deal with the Spartans' home-court advantage.
``They will probably have a few more fans than we will, I think,'' Carroll coach Kyle Stoffel said. ``I think the home-court advantage is there, but it's probably different than in basketball or some other sports where there's 2,000 fans.''
This will also be an ongoing part of the state tournament for the singles players who are still undefeated even though their teams have been eliminated.
Bishop Luers junior Natalie Rahrig, 11-4, will play South Side senior Norene Mamani, 16-2, and Northrop sophomore Sabrina Ngo, 12-4, will face Blackhawk Christian senior Morgan Bemisderfer, 13-0, today. Canterbury sophomore Leah Barnes, 24-0, will play the Ngo-Bemisderfer winner, and Concordia Lutheran senior Morgan Schlangenhauf, 12-8, will play the Rahrig-Mamani winner on Wednesday.
The Bellmont doubles team of seniors Andrea Fruchte and Shelby Kiess, 11-9, has already earned a spot in Saturday's Kokomo Regional.