Prep roundup: Pairings announced for IHSAA tennis tournament

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Mt. Vernon’s Robbie Moore, left, and Manny Downs celebrate their doubles win over New Palestine during the Hancock County tournament earlier this month.

Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

The IHSAA released pairings for the boys tennis postseason tournament Monday.

All four Hancock County teams will be playing Wednesday and Thursday at the Mt. Vernon Sectional.

Different than in recent years, the Mt. Vernon Sectional is now a four-team tournament instead of five teams. Pendleton Heights is no longer in the tournament, and the field consists of just the four county schools.

With both matches beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, defending sectional champion Mt. Vernon will take on Eastern Hancock. New Palestine will take on Greenfield-Central.

The winners will meet for the sectional championship at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cougars defeat No. 17 Westfield

Greenfield-Central, ranked No. 30 in the state’s most recent Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association poll, beat No. 17 Westfield 3-2 Monday.

Chris Long won his match at No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-4. Nathan Roberts and Mateo Molanphy won at No. 2 doubles by a score of 6-2, 6-1. Alex Michalek was victorious at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-2.

The Cougars wrapped up the regular season 17-3 and will take on New Palestine Wednesday in a semifinal match of the Mt. Vernon Sectional at 4:30 p.m.

Girls soccer

Dragons fall to Royals

New Palestine’s girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision at Roncalli Monday.

The Dragons dropped to 8-6-1 on the season.

On Wednesday the Dragons host New Castle at 6 p.m. in the final regular season and Hoosier Heritage Conference match of the season. If the Dragons win, they will get a share of the HHC title.

Volleyball

New Pal earns 18th victory

The New Palestine volleyball team picked up a three-set sweep and improved to 18-3 on the season with a win at Franklin Central Monday.

The Dragons won by set scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-21.

The team had 70 digs on the night, led by libero Azure Flagle with 22. She also had two service aces.

Bella Brownfield had a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs. Kyndra Monteith had nine digs and a pair of aces.

Rachel Burke, Makaeli Johnson and Sam Gooding had seven digs apiece. Burke added five kills. Johnson had a service ace and setter Gooding had 31 assists and three aces.

Following Brownfield and Burke on kills, Hayden Ramsey had seven, Nyla Lewis six and Natalie Sevier four. Ramsey also had two blocks.

Franklin Central dropped to 6-14.

New Palestine travels to Yorktown Tuesday.

Cougars sweep Bears, Grigsby gets 1,000th kill

Greenfield-Central senior outside hitter Mya Grigsby recorded her 1,000th career kill and the Cougars swept Muncie Central, at home, Monday, to improve to 19-5 on the season.

Greenfield-Central won by set scores of 25-11, 25-14, 25-15.

The Cougars travel to Pendleton Heights Thursday.