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September 20, 2013

Western tennis bounces back, tops Peru

Taylor tennis benefits from Bengal Tigers' loss.



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).


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].”



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.”

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