BY TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Western’s boys tennis team took a 3-2 win at home against Peru Thursday to knot its Mid-Indiana Conference mark at 3-3 and move to 8-6 overall.
Western’s Judson Quinn won the No. 1 singles point 6-0, 6-3. John Sullivan won the No. 3 point 6-1, 6-1. And the No. 2 doubles team of Luke Florek and Kaleb Howard won 6-2, 6-1. Western improved to 8-6, 3-3 in the MIC.
“I was just really happy for John Sullivan to get out there and get the win,” Western co-coach Kristine Miller said. “I told him at the beginning of the season, it’s unusual for a freshman to go out there and get this much exposure in [varsity] tennis. He just had to go out there each day and grind his matches out. And I was really happy for him to be able to get a key win for the team.”
For Peru, No. 2 singles player Jack Zuers won 6-2, 6-1, and the No. 1 doubles team of Austin Finicle and Kreighton Ray won 6-2, 6-0.
TAYLOR 4, MACONAQUAH 1
The Titans won four straight-set victories at home as they improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the MIC. Taylor and Hamilton Height both have one loss atop the league standings.
Jack Lipchik won the No. 1 singles match for Taylor 6-0, 6-1. Camden Kimbler won the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-1. Casey Glick won the No. 3 match 6-3, 6-0. And the Titan No. 1 doubles team of Austin Douglas and Cole Schroeder won 6-2, 6-1.
“Maconaquah was just a little bit, experience-wise, behind us and I think our experience just showed in most of the scores,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “It was a nice win for us. Our 2 doubles team played so well to come out and lose it by two points, played for about two-and-a-half hours but that was a good match for them.”
Mac’s team of Jarrod Alspaugh and Bryce Pond won that No. 2 doubles match 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
EASTERN 3, NORTHWESTERN 2
Eastern’s No. 1 doubles team of Austin Chase and Zach Walker pulled out a 6-3, 6-4 win in order for the Comets (5-8) to win the match and improve to 2-4 in the Mid Indiana Conference.
“I am very proud of our No. 1 doubles team,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “They were able to close out the win for us at 3-2. It was a big win.”
Eastern also got wins from No. 2 singles player Logan Colwell (6-2, 6-1) and No. 3 singles player Robbie Walling (6-1, 6-1).
LOGANSPORT 3, KOKOMO 2
Kokomo dropped its second North Central Conference match of the season.
The Wildkats (5-9, 1-2 NCC) got wins from No. 2 singles player Bryce York 7-6 (3), 7-5 and the No. 1 doubles team of Erik Bowen and Brad Dockemeyer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary knew playing at Logansport was going to be tough.
“We knew going in there that we were going to have our hands full,” said Flanary of Logansport’s 10-2 team. “Our guys battled. I was really proud of Bryce battling through his match. The No. 1 doubles team lost its first set, but made adjustments to win the next two sets. I am real pleased with the team’s efforts [Thursday].”
EASTERN 11, MACONAQUAH 4
The Comets built a 9-2 lead by the half and cruised to victory in Bunker Hill, improving to 7-3 on the year, and 3-1 in MIC play.
Jordan VanMatre scored four goals and added an assist in the win. Darren Bellow added two goals and two assists. Cole Walker added two goals and an assist. Ben Cole and Josh Sommers both added a goal and an assist. Austin Campbell added a goal, and Dalton Ryan chipped in with three assists.
Ben Evenson finished with five saves, and Delon Tuggle added four in shared time in goal for the Comets.
“Maconaquah is no slouch,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said. “They came out and played hard. We got a really nice goal in the first 10 seconds on a give-and-go that Jordan finished to put them on their heels. Ben Cole added a header on a cross early. The early offense opened things up for us, and we had some nice finishes on give-and-goes. We scored 11 goals on 18 shots, so it was a pretty efficient night, which is something we’ve been working on. Last Thursday in our last game against Northwestern, it was a pretty disappointing loss. It was nice to come out and see the things the boys have been working on in practice being displayed in game situations.”
WESTERN 1, FRANKFORT 0
Mason May scored Western’s (7-2-1) winning goal with 15 minutes left to go in the first half. May was assisted by Jordan Roe.
Panthers’ goalie Edgar Sanchez added five saves.
“Sanchez had a good game,” Western coach Mike Roe said. “He stopped a penalty kick, and he also had two tremendous saves against their keeper. It was an all around good game.”
EASTERN 3, ROSSVILLE 1
Goals from Sam Ward, Savannah Rees and Mikaela Malott (penalty kick) helped the Comets break a scoreless tie at halftime, improving to 9-1 on the season.
Malott and Elena White added assists in the win, while Brooke Stout had nine saves in goal.
“We started out slow and kind of played at Rossville’s level,” Eastern coach Chris Rees said. “In the second half, I challenged the team to step up and take the leadership roles that I know they’re capable of. We scored two goals in the first two and a half minutes of the second half, with the first goal coming from Savannah 16 seconds into the half. We started possessing the ball better in the second. Ciara Harden and Brittany Miller deserve mention for outstanding defensive games. Mikaela Malott had a great game offensively, as well.”
NORTH MIAMI 3, TAYLOR 2
The Warriors scored a pair of second half goals after the teams played to a 1-1 tie at intermission. Taylor scored late in the contest before a lightning delay postponed the final minute of the game 30 minutes.
The Titans (2-8-1) got a pair of unassisted goals from Savannah Delgado. Lydia Owens had 10 saves in goal in the loss.
MACONAQUAH DEF. TAYLOR 25-5, 25-9, 25-8
Maconaquah (11-3) stayed undefeated in Mid-Indiana Conference play at 4-0 after sweeping the Titans.
Maconaquah coach Jessica Metcalf was very pleased in winning a hard-fought match.
“[I am] very proud of both teams for playing hard start to finish,” Metcalf said.
Madison Turner led Maconaquah with 21 service points and 17 digs. Michaela Walters added 13 service points, 11 digs and nine kills. Lynnsie Arion came up with 11 service points and 11 assists. Ally Exmeyer contributed with six kills, six digs and three service points. Abby Bowyer also had eight assists and four service points, and Jalyn Windsor had eight kills and five blocks.
EASTERN DEF. CASS 20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 16-14
The Comets rallied after losing the first two sets to win on the road and improve to 3-1 in the MIC, and 9-6 overall.
Lizzy Mavrick had 21 kills, 25 service receptions and 29 digs for the Comets. Hannah Williams had 11 kills, and four block kills. Gabby Castillo had six kills, six blocks and six block kills. Hannah Broo had 15 service receptions and 10 digs. And Quinlyn Hochstedler had 47 assists.
“We got off to an extremely slow start,” Eastern coach Missy Mavrick said. “But I was really proud of the girls. They fought extremely hard the whole rest of the night to get the win.
“Lizzy did a great job, especially in the last three sets. She really stepped up in the front row. Gabby was huge at the net for us. Hannah Broo’s defense was just exceptional. When she was in the back row they couldn’t put anything down.”
TIPTON DEF. KOKOMO 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 23-25, 15-13
Alanis Jones had 19 kills to lead the Wildkats (5-11), who dug an early hole and couldn’t turn the match their way despite forcing a fifth set. Kirsten Frey had 14 kills, seven blocks and seven digs. Tori Lauderbaugh had 11 kills, 17 digs and 25 service receptions. Brooke Smith had kills and seven digs. Miranda Ogle dished out 43 assists. Amanda Tran had 28 digs and 39 serve receptions. And Ceyanne Thomas had 14 digs and 21 service receptions.
“I felt like we struggled in the first two sets and that’s probably where we lost the match. We won a close one [Wednesday] night and we had it in hand in the fifth set, but we just got timid and played not to lose,” Kat coach Jason Watson said. “We made one too many errors and allowed them to come away with the win.”
Kacie Juday led Tipton (11-7) with 18 kills, five blocks and 23 digs.