Whitko senior Natalie Iholtz uses a forehand return to keep the volley going during the No. 2 singles match. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Whitko senior Natalie Iholtz uses a forehand return to keep the volley going during the No. 2 singles match. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
SYRACUSE – In a sectional preview, the Wawasee girls tennis team won 4-1 over Whitko on Monday.

The lone victory for the Lady Wildcats came at the No. 3 singles spot as Kayla Schipper won in three sets over Kennedy Church. She won the first set handily at 6-0, but dropped the next set 6-2. In the decisive third set, Schipper nearly repeated herself from the first set and won 6-1 to claim the team’s lone match win.

The other four matches went Wawasee’s way as the hosts won in straight sets in each of those matches.

Wawasee’s Kendra Doerr won 6-3, 6-2 over Jackie Werstler at No. 1 singles. Elizabeth Kleopfer won 6-4, 6-2 over Natalie Iholtz in No. 2 singles action.

The Lady Warrior doubles pairs swept their matches and allowed Whitko to win just five games between the two matches.

In No. 1 doubles play, Kabrea Rostochak and Courtney Larson got out to a quick start. They won the first set 6-1 for Wawasee and won the second 6-2 over Jenna Vancuren and Kinsey Myers.

Wawasee’s No. 2 doubles team of Brianna Haessig and Molly Jones defeated Katherine Ousley and Izzy Rayner 6-0, 6-2.

“Great team win to end regular season,” said Lady Warrior coach Shane Staley.

The junior varsity team won 4-1 over the Lady Wildcats.

The two teams face each other on Wednesday in the opening round of sectional competition. The winner will face Columbia City. The sectional will take place at Warsaw Community High School.



WAWASEE 4, WHITKO 1

Singles: No. 1 – Kendra Doerr (WA) def. Jackie Werstler (WH) 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 – Elizabeth Kleopfer (WA) def. Natalie Iholtz (WH) 6-4, 6-2; No. 3 – Kayla Schipper (WH) def. Kennedy Church (WA) 6-0, 2-6, 6-1.

Doubles: No. 1 – Kabrea Rostochak & Courtney Larson (WA) def. Jenna Vancuren & Kinsey Myers (WH) 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 – Brianna Haessig & Molly Jones (WA) def. Katherine Ousley & Izzy Rayner (WH) 6-0, 6-2.

JV: Wawasee 4, Whitko 1

Singles: No. 1 – Tate Cowan (WA) def. Blair Creamer (WH) 8-5; No. 2 – Abby Morehead (WA) def. Lilly Ousley (WH) 7-7 (7-0); No. 3 – Blair Creamer (WH) def. Casey Yankosky (WA) 6-3.

Doubles: No. 1 – Brittney Jackson & Valerie Haessig (WA) def. Bailey Wright & Maddie Eliph (WH) 8-3; No. 2 – Ava Harker & Stephanie Ruiz (WA) def. Bailey Wright & Maddie Eliph (WH) 6-2.