Northwestern’s girls tennis team picked up 5-0 victory over visiting Hamilton Heights on Thursday night in a Mid-Indiana Conference match between two squads fighting for position.
The Purple Tigers (3-2, 1-1 MIC) swept singles play in straight sets. Emily Harshman defeated Sarah Sipe 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 1 post. Alexis Hungate defeated Abby Hardacre 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot, and Kady Whitehead pulled out a 6-1, 7-5 win at the No. 3 position.
At No. 1 doubles, Madison Wells and Megan Floyd outlasted Melanie Magdun and Jessica Petty 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 for a victory. And, the No. 2 tandem of Erica Plutat and Lauren Miller were 7-5, 7-6 (11-9) winners for the Tigers to complete the sweep on their home courts.
“Both doubles teams fought hard for their wins,” Northwestern coach Kathie Layden said. “Lauren and Erica were down in both sets and came back to win, the last in a tiebreaker. Alexis Hungate played very well, and is starting to look full strength again after her ankle injury.”
Western 5, Delphi 0
The Panthers (1-2) swept the Oracles for their first win of the season in their home opener.
Brooke Jansen was a 7-5, 6-3 winner at No. 1 singles, while Allie Ault pulled out a third-set super tiebreaker, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 10-5.
Bailey Harbaugh cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles.
In doubles play, the No. 1 tandem of Jessica Hopkins and Cora Johnson picked up a 6-4, 6-1 victory, while the No. 2 duo of Molly Shoffner and Tara Hellriegel rebounded from a shaky second set to win 6-0, 0-6, 6-0.
“The key was definitely our experience and the fact that it was our first home match,” Western coach Amy Messer said. “That always has an air about it, and to win at home is important. I’m super proud of our girls. We’ve been working hard on our conditioning and our footwork, and I saw that come into play in our matches [Thursday]. I have to give a shoutout to Allie. She played extremely hard and I couldn’t be more proud of her. It was a fun, entertaining match.”