Grace Men 7, Bethel 0
Grace’s men’s tennis team made quick work of Bethel on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament with a 7-0 sweep.
The Lancers (10-1), enjoying one of their best fall seasons in program history, will host the semifinals of the tournament on Thursday. Grace, the No. 2 seed, will host No. 3 Marian on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Grace secured the victory quickly during singles’ play. Fabricio Galvan (No. 3) and David Sandi (No. 4) only lost one game in their matches; Ramiro Candia (No. 2), Pavle Popovic (No. 5) and Mauricio Corty (No. 6) only dropped two games on their courts.
The only drama was saved for the top singles’ court. Max Rozas dropped the first set but found resolve to fight back 6-3 in the second set. Rozas’s momentum carried into the third set with a 10-6 victory. Rozas was spurred on by a robust cheering section, led by Grace’s men’s soccer team waiting for the start of their practice.
In doubles’ play, Galvan and Ivan Antinori battled to a 6-4 victory at No. 1. Jacob Gray and Candia cruised 6-1 at No. 2 doubles, and Kye Barrett and Ivan Savic won 6-0 at No. 3.
Grace Women 6, Bethel 1
The Crossroads League Tournament started in victory for Grace’s women’s tennis team on Tuesday.
The Lady Lancers beat Bethel 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the CL Tournament. Grace advances to the semifinals on Thursday, traveling to No. 2 seed Marian for a 4 p.m. match.
Tuesday started on a strong foot for Grace by sweeping the doubles’ courts. Dayana Ortega and Jayna Armstrong won 6-3 at No. 1, and Anna Graves and Ellie Hughes won by the same score at No. 2. Lauryn Riegsecker and Gretchen Adams had the easiest win 6-1 at No. 3.
Armstrong was nearly perfect (6-0, 6-1) at No. 2 singles. Graves (No. 3), Morgan Mast (No. 4) and Kiersten Martin (No. 6) had little trouble winning in straight sets.
Riegsecker had to scrap for her win at No. 5 singles. Riegsecker produced a 6-2, 1-6, 10-1 scoreline to wrap up the victory.
Whitko 4, Tippecanoe Valley 1
The eastern Kosciusko County school took down the western Kosciusko County school on the Whitko tennis courts Tuesday night.
The evening was long and suspenseful as three of the five courts went to three sets.
All three singles courts went the way of the Wildcats, with David Ousley, Aiden Hoffman and Bryce Tucker taking care of their Viking opponents Payton Mills, Dylan Neese and Owen Kirchenstein, respectively.
Caleb Beer and Jonathan Strayer also won at two dubs for Whitko, beating Cooper Walls and Wyatt Reiter, while their teammates Jackson Hollenbaugh and Blake Schroeder were the only ones to come up short on the evening for the home team, losing to Valley’s Annakin Pettit and Ethan Hartman on the one doubles court.