Elkhart Memorial’s unbeaten girls tennis season stayed alive Tuesday, May 27, with a nailbiting 3-2 victory against Fairfield in the semifinals of the Elkhart Central Regional.
The decisive win came for the Crimson Chargers (16-0) at No. 3 singles as Taylor Freedline prevailed 6-4, 6-3 against Margie Stutzman.
Memorial advances to the regional championship slated for 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. The opponent will be Angola (14-5), a 3-2 semifinal winner against Westview.
"That was a very good No. 3 singles match,“ said Memorial coach Alex Holtz. “It went back and forth.”
The Chargers also got wins at both No. 1 doubles from Haley Stouder and Taelor Grose and No. 2 doubles from Hannah Dillman and Mady Robison.
”We need to make sure we don’t get carried away celebrating because we’d like to bring home a regional title and we know Angola is a tough team,“ said Holtz.
Fairfield winners were Emily Mast at No. 1 singles and Lauren Streit at No. 2 singles.
Westview winners against the Hornets were Katelyn Miller and Chanda Strong at No. 1 doubles and Miranda Kresse at No. 2 singles.
Elkhart Central Regional
Elkhart Memorial 3, Fairfield 2
Emily Mast (F) def. Krystal Grubb 6-1, 6-3. Lauren Streit (F) def. Corrinne Whittaker 6-0, 7-5. Taylor Freedline (M) def. Margie Stutzman 6-4, 6-3.
Haley Stouder/Taelor Grose (M) def. Brooke Hochstedler/Leah Wimmer 6-1, 6-3. Hannah Dillman/Mady Robison (M) def. Kirsten Toole/Hannah Toole 6-4, 4-6. 6-0.
Records: Memorial 16-0, Fairfield 14-5.
Angola 3, Westview 2
Hannah Cowen (A) def. Charlotte Jones 6-4 6-0. Miranda Kresse (W) def. Kaileigh Folland 6-2 6-0. Kendall Floto (A) def. Savannah Rang 6-1 6-2.
Katelyn Miller/Chanda Strong (W) def. Tori Yagodinski/Paige Emke 6-1 6-1. Abby Buchs/Becca Buchs def Tessa Zimmerly/Megan Steider 6-2 6-2.
Records: Angola 14-5, Westview 10-4.
Next: Memorial vs. Angola in championship of Elkhart Central Regional 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28.
Penn 5, Michigan City 0
Haylei Snelson def. Megan Methner 6-3, 6-3. Tayla Brown def. Dayna Pedzinski 6-3, 6-1. Bailey Oppman def. Katharina Jaschinsky 6-2, 6-3.
Cameron Moore/Amanda Ahmed def. Paige Cuma/Kristen Palmer 7-6 (8-6), 6-0. Emma Moon/Lauren McCarthy def. Claire Hirsch/Claire Werner 6-2, 6-0.
Records: Penn 17-3, Michigan City 14-5.
Other semifinal: SB St. Joseph 4, Valparaiso 1. Records: SB St. Joseph 20-2, Valparaiso 13-7.
Next: Penn vs. SB St. Joseph in championship of LaPorte Regional 5:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 28.