“Ciara Harden, she played a lot of different positions [Wednesday]. Another senior that has grown for the four years, she starts on the left wing but she played a little bit of stopper and a little bit of sweeper, and got a goal.”
Taylor goalie Lydia Owens had 16 saves.
KOKOMO SECTIONALTAYLOR 5, TIPTON 0
Taylor eliminated Tipton and will face Northwestern (4-13) today in the sectional semifinal round.
Jack Lipchik won the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-1 for Taylor (13-3) and was the first Titan off the court. He improved to 17-2 on the season. Camden Kimbler won the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-0 and Casey Glick won the No. 3 match 6-2, 6-0. The No. 1 doubles team of Austin Douglas and Cole Schroeder won 6-0, 6-1, and the No. 2 team of Conner Leicht and Treaver Harris won 7-5, 6-2. Douglas and Schroeder are 17-2 as a tandem this season.
Taylor had defeated Tipton 4-1 in the first match of the season and dropped the No. 2 doubles point that day. Taylor won a close match at that spot on Wednesday.
“The thing that impressed me is my No. 2 doubles team, which had gotten beat [earlier in the season] came through and played really well the whole match,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “That’s a big win for us, for them to get that win. We’re just kind of looking forward to Northwestern right now.”
EASTERN 3, WESTERN 2
The Comets avenged a regular season loss to the Panthers with a win in postseason play. Eastern (10-11) advances to today’s semifinal round to face host Kokomo (6-12).
Eastern’s Logan Colwell defeated Brody Worl 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while the Comets’ Robbie Walling was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over John Sullivan at No. 3 singles.
The Comets’ No. 1 doubles team of Austin Chase and Zach Walker was also a winner, posting a 6-1, 6-0 win over Justin Groothuis and Vito Pulverenti.
“One thing I’ve been saying all year is I have a lot of seniors, and when it gets down to tourney time and crunch time they’re fighting hard to win because they don’t want this to be over,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “That extra motivation pushed us in our matches. That experience helps out a ton, and I know Western had a young team. They battled us hard, but our senior leadership pushed us through [Wednesday]. All of our winners were seniors.”