By Josh Brown
DAYTON — The Division I and II sectional tennis tournaments wisely made the decision on Friday to send the final rounds indoors to Dayton Center Courts on Saturday, avoiding the rain and cold temperatures.
And while neither Troy nor Tippecanoe had any sectional champions, the Trojans’ Hannah Essick and doubles team of Maggie Hennessy and the Red Devils’ doubles team of Ally Merrick and Sophia McDowell all were runners-up and earned No. 2 seeds for next week’s district tournament.
In D-I, Essick defeated Northmont’s Kennedy Harden 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinal round before falling to Northmont’s No. 1 seed Akilah Parker 7-5, 6-0.
Hennessy and Bruns, meanwhile, defeated Northmont’s Grandfield and Hibbard 6-2, 6-1 then fell to Butler’s Evanson and Harden 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
“Overall, we played pretty well,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Hannah played a good first set, and the first couple of games in the second set were close, but Parker’s a good player. And Magge and Ashley were up 40-15 in the first game of the third set, lost it, then were up 40-0 in the next and lost it. Win those two games, and it changes the whole complection of that set.”
The doubles team of Sierra Verstraten and Zoey Scancarello will go into the district tournament with a No. 4 seed, losing to Butler’s Evanson and Harden 6-2, 6-0 then falling to Northmont’s Grandfield and Hibbard 6-4, 6-0.
In D-II, Tippecanoe’s Merrick and McDowell won in three sets over Northwestern’s Miller and Wilson, then they were defeated in the final by Northwestern’s Smith and Sigler.
Kennedy Reeder placed third at singles, falling to Northeastern’s top-seeded Kaleigh Cummins then defeating Kenton Ridge’s Cassandra Freshour.
The Devils’ doubles team of Jordan Jones and Victoria Nordquist placed fourth, falling to Northwestern’s Smith and Sigler and then to Northwestern’s Miller and Wilson.
“We’re still advancing, and we’re still moving on,” Tippecanoe coach Kaci Finfrock said. “Losing at this stage of the game shows us what we need to work on and prepare for. It’s a good motivator for the girls heading into district to really work hard and prepare this week.”
The district tournament begins 9 a.m. Thursday at the A.T.P. Tennis Center in Mason.
LONDON — The Milton-Union volleyball team went 2-1 at the London Invitational Saturday, falling to Williamsport Westfall before beating Harvest Prep and Mechanicsburg.
“I’m very happy with today’s effort,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “We brought 12 players, and all 12 had a hand in our wins. Some of them had never started before but stepped up big time.”
After being routed by a solid Westfall team, 25-4, 25-14, the Bulldogs returned the favor to Harvest Prep, 25-16, 25-15.
“Against Harvest Prep, my veterans — Bri Stone, Anna Willson and Sarah Motz — really showed leadership,” Ginn said. “Our setter, freshman Chloe Fogle, was only setting the second game of her career and dished out 11 assists, and sophomore Abbie Goudy really helped us, too.”
The Bulldogs finished the day with a hard-fought win in three over Mechanicsburg, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19. Michaela Fullmer had 12 kills, Willson had eight kills, Lauren Craig had 21 assists and Olivia Brown had five blocks.
Milton-Union (10-7) hosts Dixie Tuesday in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
TC 3, Bethel 2
BRANDT — Troy Christian and Bethel played four close sets Saturday, but in decisive fifth game the Eagles took over, defeating the Bees 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 25-20, 15-7.
Kathryn Lee had 12 blocks, 10 kills, 10 digs and five aces to lead the way for the Eagles. Kristen Winger had 18 digs, two kills and three aces, Jenna Grady had 10 blocks and three kills, A’maria Carter had eight digs and six kills, Allison Winger had four assists and four aces, Jenna Bullock had eight assists and two kills and Faith King had seven assists, five kills, five blocks, eight digs and two aces.
Troy Christian (5-14) travels to Dayton Christian Tuesday.
* Boys Soccer
ME 4, Urbana 3
URBANA — Miami East’s Connor Wilson scored the game-winning goal with 12.8 seconds on the clock, giving the Vikings boys soccer team a 4-3 victory at Urbana Saturday.
The Vikings return home Oct. 12, hosting Springfield Shawnee.
Other scores: Greeneview 8, Lehman 0.
* Girls Soccer
Tipp 1, Indian Hill 1
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe girls soccer team fought its way to its third draw of the season Saturday, tying Indian Hill 1-1 at home.
The Red Devils (10-0-3) have only given up four goals this season, two of them — one to Indian Hill and one to Kenton Ridge — resulting in 1-1 ties. Tippecanoe also had a 0-0 tie against Northmont earlier this season.
Tippecanoe travels to Stebbins Monday for a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division matchup.
Other scores: Lehman 4, Greeneview 1.
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