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No. 27 Giants sweep past Bearcats

The 27th-ranked Marion boys tennis team shook off a tough North Central Conference loss to Richmond on Tuesday and made quick work of Muncie Central with a 5-0 sweep Thursday evening.

The Giants dropped just four games in singles matches with Noah Lyons winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1, Vikram Oddiraju captured No. 2, 6-1, 6-1 and Brady Buckler took a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 3.

Jonathan Walts and Jack Fauser won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles while Ethan Eltzroth and Caleb Spitzer captured the No. 2 spot, 7-5, 6-2.

Marion didn’t drop a single game in winning the JV match, 6-0.

Cole Madden, Soren Bruehler and Henrique Samorini all won 6-0 decsions in singles. 

Tristan Galeon and Hunter Durbin, Patrick Spitzer and Nihal Nagesh along with Alex Spitzer and John Flowers all won doubles points, 6-0.

Marion (10-2, 3-1 in NCC) will face McCutcheon in the semi-finals of the NCC Tournament on Saturday in Lafayette. Richmond will play Harrison in the other semifinal.

Girls soccer

Yorktown 6, Marion 2

The Giants got goals from Ellie Vermilion and Taylor Kitts in the defeat. Kitts’ score gives her 24 for the season.

Marion (6-5) hosts Wabash at 6 p.m. Monday.

Eastbrook 3, Huntington North 1

The Panthers broke from a 1-all tie late in the second half Thursday evening to defeat the Vikings and improve to 7-1.

Johwen McKim scored the go-ahead goal on an assist from Sarah Foulk. Natalie added an insurance goal also on an assist from Foulk.

Foulk opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the first half, and the Vikings tied it 1-all shortly before halftime.

Boys soccer

Eastbrook 1, Huntington North 0

Zane Shilts converted a penalty kick midway through the first half and the Panthers improved to 7-1 with their victory over the Vikings.

Eastbrook’s Noah Ross was brought down in the goal box to create the scoring opportunity.

The game then went back and forth in the middle of the field. The Panthers had more opportunities as the game went on but weren’t able to connect. The defense held strong the rest of the game and came away with the clean sheet. 

Anderson 4, Marion 2

Kyle Coryea and Joseph Powell scored the Giants goals Thursday in the loss to the Indians.

Marion is 5-3-2. 

Girls golf

Huntington North 170, Marion 215

Kasey Clark led the Giants with a 48 in Thursday’s dual meet loss to the Vikings.

The Giants also counted Olivia Mooney with a 53, Maddie Endsley with a 56 and Sophie Schenck with a 58. Bayley Grieve and Katie Dessing also played for the Giants and shot 65 and 68, respectively.

Marion begins sectional play at 9 a.m. Saturday at Arbor Trace.

Elwood 235, Mississinewa 244

Maggie LaBarr shot a 50 for medalist honors and led the Indians in Thursday’s meet against the Panthers at the Elwood Golf Links. 

Other scorers for Ole Miss were Madison Dotterweich with a 63, Peighten Allen with a 64 and Anabella Pannell with a 69. Jasmine Horvath was the fifth player with a 67. 

The Indians compete Saturday in the sectional at Arbor Trace.

Women’s volleyball

Taylor 3, Bethel 0

The Trojans came out firing Thursday evening, quickly ending the match in straight-sets against the host Pilots. Freshmen outside hitters led the team to its second Crossroads League victory.

Throughout close sets, Taylor (5-7, 2-3 CL) managed to gain slight advantages and maintain them for the win (25-21, 25-23, 25-20). The Trojans grabbed their largest lead of eight points in the opening set, but the Pilots (5-6, 3-1 CL) came back and tied the score at 20.

Haley Harrell led the team on a 4-1 run to finish the set, tallying a kill and an ace to secure the win. A back and forth sequence followed as the largest lead for either team was a mere three points in the second set. A pair of kills from Amanda Adams and an ace from Addy Bailey helped Taylor close out the set. In the final set, the Trojans took a 7-3 lead and never looked back, maintaining at least a two-point advantage for the remainder of the set. 

On the attack, Freshmen Ryan Czerniak and Nicki Sechrist looked strong, leading the team with nine kills each. The young outside hitters helped Taylor throw down 12 kills per set with the assistance of Haley Harrell, who logged 20 assists for the match.

Samantha Korn paced the defense with 19 kills, which was her sixth straight double-digit effort.