Eastern went 1-2 on the day, beating Wabash 3-2 to start the day before falling to Taylor, and Bethany Christian 4-1.
The Comets’ No. 2 doubles team of Riley Haupert and Daniel Pugh went 3-0 on the day to lead the squad. Austin Chase and Zach Walker went 1-2 at No. 1 doubles, and Logan Colwell went 1-2 at No. 2 singles, as did Robbie Walling at No. 3 singles
Eastern moves to 8-11 on the season. The Comets wrap up the regular season against Tipton Monday in Greentown.
“Riley Haupert and Daniel Pugh played awesome,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “That gives us a lot to think about going into the tournament, because that was a pretty consistent point for us all day. Falling to Taylor 3-2 after losing to them 4-1 in the regular season shows me we’re improving as the season goes along. I feel like we can match up with anyone in the sectional. We’ve been playing pretty well here lately. Hopefully we’re playing this well going into next next week to give us a chance to win in the sectional.”
Richmond def. Kokomo 18-25, 25-27, 25-13, 25-16, 15-13
Kokomo (6-12, 0-2 NCC) seemed well on its way to a win on the road, taking the first two sets and holding a 15-9 lead in the fourth set before the Red Devils stormed back to survive in five sets.
Kirsten Frey finished with 15 kills and four blocks to lead the Wildkats. Alanis Jones added 13 kills, while Tori Lauderbaugh added nine kills and 11 digs. Miranda Ogle distributed 33 assists and added 10 digs. Amanda Tran led the defense with 28 digs and 37 service receptions. And Schuyla Sharp added 11 digs.
“It’s a really tough loss, especially to know we were in control,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “We fought back in the second set and fended off a few set points. We had the momentum and then fell flat. Richmond came out aggressive and we became timid. When the time came, they made a few more plays than we did. We saw some good things, especially early in the match. It was definitely a tough loss, but I think the girls will be able to bounce back and pull through in our next match. It’ll be interesting to see how we respond.”