At No. 1 singles, Western’s Judson Quinn downed Ryan Manfred 6-1, 6-0 to improve to 17-1 on the season. Quinn will advance into the individual tournament.
At No. 2 doubles, Western’s tandem of Luke Florek and Kaleb Howard took a three-setter over Daniel Pugh and Riley Haupert, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to cap an outstanding season. Florek and Howard finish the season 16-2 as a duo.
Western finishes the season 8-8.
“It was a learning experience for a young team, and hopefully something we can grow on,” Western coach Andrew Miller said. “Judson gets the consolation prize of moving on as an individual, and everyone else is coming back [next year], so we will have a chance to redeem ourselves after coming out tight. We didn’t play our best tennis and can learn from it. Congrats to Eastern. They played a great match. I worked with a lot of those kids [as Eastern’s previous coach], and they played excellent and deserve to move on.”
EASTERN DEF. ELWOOD 25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 17-25, 17-15
The Comets went deep into a fifth set to win the match at Elwood, improving to 15-7 in the process.
Lizzy Mavrick had 18 kills, 19 service receptions, 20 digs and 14 points for Eastern. Hannah Williams had 15 kills, six blocks, eight digs and 11 service points. Gabby Castillo had eight kills and 10 blocks. Quinlyn Hochstedler had 49 assists and seven blocks. Kinsey Duke had eight kills, 16 digs and seven service points. Courtney Clark had 20 service receptions and 20 digs. And Maddie Vint had 11 service points, nine service receptions and seven digs.
“I thought definitely in the first two and the fifth set we blocked extremely well,” Eastern coach Missy Mavrick said. “They weren’t able to run much offense. Our defense played really well. I feel like our hitters need to be more aggressive at times, but overall the girls once again fought to the end and were able to pull out the win.