NorthWood pulled a stunner in the Goshen Sectional girls tennis semifinals Thursday, May 16, knocking off three-time defending champion Fairfield 3-2.
The Panthers had fallen 4-1 to the Falcons early in the regular season.
This time around, Sydney Wysong at No. 2 singles, Tori Schwartz and Kennedy Walter at 1 doubles, and Alaina Donegan and Taylor Stutzman at 2 doubles each won for NorthWood. Wysong closed her win with a 13-11 second-set tiebreak, while Donegan and Stutzman captured a three-setter. During the regular season, only Schwartz/Walter won for the Panthers against Fairfield.
At No. 1 singles, freshman Emily Mast won 6-0, 6-0 for the Falcons to advance into the individual tourney draw.
The host Redskins won Thursday’s other semifinal 5-0 over Jimtown.
Over at Penn, the No. 4-ranked Kingsmen nailed down their seventh straight sectional title with a 5-0 win over Marian in the championship. Penn meets Michigan City in a LaPorte Regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21.
NorthWood 3, Fairfield 2
Emily Mast (F) def. Emily Hoffman 6-0, 6-0. Sydney Wysong (N) def. Lauren Streit 6-4, 7-6 (13-11). McKenzie Hochstedler (F) def. Megan Reed 6-1, 6-0.
Tori Schwartz/Kennedy Walter (N) def. Leah Wimmer/Mary Shipley 6-2, 6-2. Alaina Donegan/Taylor Stutzman (N) def. Margie Stutzman/Ashlen Nisley 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Goshen 5, Jimtown 0
Miranda Kay def. Brooke Janowski 6-0, 6-0. Lisanne Scheffers def. Amy Lehner 6-0, 6-0. Sarah Rush def. Madison Mawhorter 6-2, 6-0.
Emily Halley/Ali Peters def. Kelsey Weinkauf/Amber Miller 6-0, 6-1. Kayci Troyer/Leah Shelter def. Maggie Farwig/Carla Murillo 6-1, 6-1.
Next: NorthWood vs. Goshen in Goshen Sectional championship Friday, May 17, 4:30 p.m.
Penn 5, Marian 0
Haylei Snelson def. Sarah Krizman 7-5, 6-2. Madelyn Lee def. Megan Murphy 6-0, 6-0, Katherine Mader def. Maria Tordi 6-1, 6-2.
Haley Meekhof/Lauren McCarthy def. Maggie Lowenhar/Hannah Lehmann 7-5, 6-1. Cameron Moore/Amanda Ahmed def. Michaela Horvath/Aracely Ericson 6-1, 6-0.
Next: Penn vs. Michigan City in LaPorte Regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21.
Wawasee 3, Whitko 2
Esther Hermann (Wa) def. Lauren Hippensteel 6-1, 6-1. Kathy Ashpole (Wa) def. Aressa Tackwell 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Priscilla Par (Wa) def. Mikayla Findley 6-3, 6-1.
Abby Marshall/Laura Alfieri (Wh) def. Jada Antonides/Samantha Prins 6-2, 6-0. Erin Murphy/Candice Swick (Wh) def. Kathy Eagleson/Morgan Conliff 6-0, 6-3.
Other semifinal: Warsaw 5, Tippecanoe Valley 0.
Wednesday’s first round: Warsaw 3, Columbia City 2.
Next: Wawasee vs. Warsaw in Warsaw Sectional championship Friday, May 17, 5 p.m.
East Noble Sectional
Westview 4, Howe 1
Bree O’Neal (H) def. Charolette Kresse (W) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Miranda Kresse (W) def. Ching Yin Lo (H) 6-0, 6-0. Savannah Rang (W) def. Joann Cody (H) 6-0, 6-0.
Chanda Strong/Katelyn Miller (W) def. Christine Slamkowski/NA 6-1, 6-0. Tessa Zimmerly/Donna Miller def. Lindsey Grippo/Pleau Leita (H) 6-0, 6-0.
Other semifinal: East Noble 4, Central Noble 1.
Wednesday’s first round: Westview 5, Lakeland 0; Central Noble 3, West Noble 2.
Next: Westview vs. East Noble in East Noble Sectional championship Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.