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May 16, 2014

Prep roundup for Friday, May 16

Western, Northwestern and Eastern post wins in girls tennis

(Continued)

NW 4, Maconaquah 1

With the win, Northwestern improved to 9-6 overall and closed Mid-Indiana Conference play 4-3.

The Tigers picked up a pair of points in singles matches. Emily Harshman was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 1 and Alexis Hungate was a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 winner at No. 2.

The Tigers swept the doubles matches. Madison Wells and Megan Floyd took a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 and Erica Plutat and Lauren Miller were 6-4, 6-2 winners at No. 2.

Maconaquah’s point came at No. 3 singles where Brandi Jones won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

“This was a really good match for both teams,” Northwestern coach Kathie Layden said. “Emily is simply playing great tennis right now at 1 singles with a 12-3 record to this point. Alexis Hungate and Kady Whitehead had tough matches at 2 and 3 singles. Alexis played well and pulled out the win, while Kady fought hard, down 1-4 in the third to lose 5-7.

“Both doubles teams looked strong,” she added.

Eastern 5, Taylor 0

The Comets swept the Titans in the Howard County Indoor Tennis Center, dropping just one game. Only four matches were contested as Taylor was shorthanded because some of its players had another school commitment.

For Eastern, Courtney Clark won the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0, Riley Kanable won the No. 2 singles match 6-0, 6-0, and Rachel Manfred won the No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-1. The team of Claire Holkenbrink and Marie Holkenbrink won the No. 1 doubles match 6-0, 6-0, and the No. 2 team of Laura White and Marissa Evenson won by forfeit.

“Rachel Manfred playing that 3 singles spot, she’s never played a varsity singles match and it was nice to see her get out there and get a win,” Eastern coach Pat Rice said. He explained that Manfred tore an ACL during the fall soccer season and is now getting back to full strength.

Eastern improved to 11-3 overall, 5-1 in the MIC with only Hamilton Heights left to play in the league.

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