GIRLS TENNIS | SECTIONAL RDP.

Defending girls tennis champs advance to finals

2013-05-16T20:00:00Z 2013-05-16T23:55:12Z Defending girls tennis champs advance to finalsBob Moulesong Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 16, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

The defending sectional champions flexed their muscles Thursday afternoon on their way to the final round.

At Crown Point, the Bulldogs advanced to the championship match against Kankakee Valley with a 3-2 win over Lake Central.

“We gave them a good fight today, but we just came up short,” L.C. coach Bryan Szalonek said. “We showed a lot of progress this year, and it was evident today. But there is a reason that Crown Point is the standard.”

The Bulldogs won in all three singles spots, while the Indians took both doubles matches.

In the other semifinal match, K.V. beat conference foe Lowell 3-2 to advance.

At East Chicago, defending champion Whiting and Bishop Noll both advanced to the championship match. The Oilers swept Morton 5-0, while the Warriors defeated Clark 4-1.

Morton coach Deb Luken credited the Oilers with superb play in the afternoon.

“You can tell they are the defending champs,” Luken said. “They played very well, very focused today.”

The Governors finished the year 6-6.

Clark’s No. 1 singles player Stefanie Richards kept her postseason alive when she picked up the Pioneer’s lone point against Noll.

At Hobart, Andrean swept its opponent for the second consecutive day. The 59ers defeated River Forest 5-0 on their way to the championship round.

Ingots coach Beau Bruemmer scouted the 59ers win over Hobart the day before and knew his team was in for a fight.

“They are hitting on all cylinders right now,” Bruemmer said about Andrean. “We thought we could grab a couple of sets early and build off of that, but not today.”

The championship matches at Crown Point, E.C. Central and Hobart didn't end in time for this edition.

At Portage, the host Indians won every match in straight sets to sweep Boone Grove 5-0 in the semifinals. Mandy Haupt led the way for the Indians (7-6) with a 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Bailey Lauritzen and Lauren Zack won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Portage will meet Valparaiso at 10 a.m. Saturday for the championship.

At LaPorte, Lenka Zavodska didn’t drop a game at No. 1 singles, leading Michigan City past Marquette 5-0 in the championship. It was the 17th title for the Wolves (13-4) and the 13th in a row. All five matches were won in straight sets.

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