Rochester sweeps Southwood, draws North Judson for sectional
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Rochester 5, Southwood 0 (Monday): The Rochester girls tennis team won all five matches over host Southwood in straight sets to complete their regular season Monday.
Ella McCarter lost only one game to Carrie Collins at No. 1 singles. Rily Holloway knocked off Courtney Finney 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles match. Rylee Clevenger whitewashed Makyla Myers 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
The No. 1 doubles team took down Sarah Grace and Lyndzy Silvers 6-0, 6-4. Taylor Howard and Elizabeth Weaver defeated Lydia Topliff and Lucy Vandermat 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Rochester finished the regular season 8-6 and 3-5 in the Three Rivers Conference.
The Southwood match was postponed twice, from May 8 to May 12 and again to Monday due to rain.
Southwood won the JV match 2-1.
Results: Rochester 5, Southwood 0
Ella McCarter (RHS) def. Carrie Collins (SW), 6-1, 6-0
Rily Holloway (RHS) def. Courtney Finney (SW), 7-5, 6-1
Rylee Clevenger (RHS) def. Makyla Myers (SW), 6-0, 6-0
Olivia Bailey-Audrey Bolinger (RHS) def. Sarah Grace-Lyndzy Silvers (SW), 6-0, 6-4
Taylor Howard-Elizabeth Weaver (RHS) def. Lydia Topliff-Lucy Vandermat (SW), 6-4, 6-2
JV results: Southwood 2, Rochester 1
Lola Brady (RHS) lost 8-4.
Kaedra Shook (RHS) won 7-6 (10-3).
Danielle Borg-Sophie McCall (RHS) lost 8-3.
Rochester draws North Judson
In the IHSAA draw that was released Monday night, the Lady Zs drew North Judson in a sectional semifinal at Culver Academy at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Culver Academy and Knox will meet in the other semifinal.
The winners return to Culver Academy for the sectional final at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Rochester beat North Judson 4-1 on April 6 in their regular season meeting.
Rochester won back-to-back sectional titles in 2016 and 2017. Those are the only two sectional titles in school history. Culver Academy has won four straight sectional titles.
The IHSAA has already announced sectional realignment for the spring of 2024. Plymouth and Triton will join the sectional to make it a six-team sectional.