By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Northwestern topped Maconaquah 3-2 in a Mid-Indiana Conference boys tennis match Monday on the Purple Tigers’ courts.
Northwestern swept the doubles matches. Will Devaul and Joel Austin were 6-4, 6-1 winners at No. 1 and Kyle Miller and Kohl McCully were 6-1, 6-1 winners at No. 2.
The Tigers’ other point came at No. 2 singles where Kyle Douglass took a 6-1, 6-1 win.
“It was a good win for us,” Northwestern coach Matt Woods said. “With it being an MIC match and with us falling in a few tough matches lately, it was nice to be on the winning side of a 3-2 score. Doubles played really well and were pretty crisp at the net with their angles and overheads.
“We are still experimenting with lineups for sectionals, but it’s starting to become more clear. I’m extremely happy with our focus as a team lately.”
Maconaquah’s points came from Adam Harts (7-6, 6-1 winner at No. 1 singles) and Ian Morris (6-4, 6-0 winner at No. 3 singles).
TAYLOR 4, DELPHI 1
The Titans (5-2) kept a trend going with their 4-1 win at Delphi.
“Every match we’ve had so far has been a 4-1,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said.
The Titans swept the singles matches against the Oracles. Jack Lipchik was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 1, Camden Kimbler was a 6-1, 6-4 winner at No. 2 and Casey Glick took a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3. The Titans’ fourth point came at No. 1 doubles where Austin Douglas and Cole Schroeder posted a 6-4, 7-5 win.
Wise noted Kimbler showed good fight in rallying from a 3-0 hole in his second set.
Singles play has been a strength for the Titans. Lipchik and Kimbler own 6-1 records.
“Jack was at 2 singles last year and was really solid for me. Camden and Casey were doubles guys, so they’ve come up and really stepped it up for our 2 and 3 singles spots,” Wise said. “And 1 doubles has been a solid spot for us, too.”
MAC 205, EASTERN 217
Medalist Brandi Jones fired a 45 to lead Maconaquah (8-10) to the win at Peru Municipal. Katelyn Turcheck (51), Hayley Williamson (54) and Courtney Turcheck (55) rounded out the Braves’ team score.
“We had our best score of the year for the front nine at Peru Municipal golf course,” Mac coach Chris Percival said. “We putted very well, and our iron play was much better than in past matches at the Peru course.
“We have been playing our best golf in the past few matches, and I am glad we have turned it on going into the last week of the season.”
Eastern’s top four scores came from Mallory Moreno (53), Sarah Sharp (54), Savannah Palumbo (54) and Maddie Williams (56).
NW DEF. EASTERN 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 25-13
Hannah Ballard slammed 20 kills to lead Northwestern past visiting Eastern in four games.
Also for the Purple Tigers (6-6, 1-2 MIC), Emily Harshman recorded 12 points (three aces) and 27 digs, Kristin Ireland had 10 points and 17 digs, Sydney Zeck dished 25 assists, Megan Floyd served nine points and Kelsey Richards had 18 digs.
“We started off OK, then we kind of slowed down a little bit before we got back into the groove of things,” Northwestern coach Trina Yager said “They started talking and moving and playing their game better the last two sets.”
Eastern (7-7, 1-1 MIC) was led by Lizzy Mavrick’s 11 kills. She also had 13 digs and seven points. Quinlyn Hochstedler had 24 assists, 11 digs and nine points. Hannah Broo served 11 points.
TC DEF. WESTERN 25-9, 28-26, 26-24
Tara Davis served 15 points, including five aces, and dished 16 assists to fuel Tri-Central’s sweep of Western on the Panthers’ floor.
Also for TC, Hadley DeWeese floored five kills and Haley Farris and Cecelia Rayl combined for 41 digs.
Western was led by Bretta Tate (six kills), Amanda Seaman (eight digs) and Emily Jones (seven assists).
“The girls played tough,” Western coach Nicole Rodman said. “We just had to get that first game out of our system and then they played up to their potential. We just couldn’t close out the second and third games like we wanted to.”
ROSSVILLE DEF. TAYLOR 25-12, 25-6, 25-13
The Titans fell to the visiting Hornets in three.
Taylor coach Denise Leicht cited Hannah Mullinax for her defensive play and Rachel Hafley for her all-around play.
TC 2, NORTH MIAMI 1
Tri-Central’s Trojans rallied from a 1-0 halftime hole to beat the visiting Warriors. Dalton Davis scored both goals for TC, with Jake Kimbrough providing assists.