The Hickory girls tennis team improved to 7-0 in Region 1 and 7-1 overall on Thursday with a 5-0 sweep of the Lady Eagles (3-4, 3-4) in Hermitage.
Rachel Mettee, Lauren McGonigle and Anna Derloni swept singles play for the Lady Hornets while the teams of Nikki Marone-Bailey McLaughlin and Camille Testani-Annalise Bianco won the doubles matches.
“Although I’m very proud and happy for our team, we still have things to improve on as coaches and players, said Hickory head coach Joe Bender. “We have a lot of respect for the other teams in our region and District 10, so we will continue to do what we have done since day one — taking it one practice and match at a time.”
Singles: Mettee (H) def. Claire Casalnova, 6-3, 6-2; McGonigle (H) def. Molly Somora, 6-2, 6-1; Derloni (H) def. Katie Kosick, 6-3, 6-3. Doubles: Marrone-McLaughlin (H) def. Maddie Jazwinski-Morgan McCommon, 6-2, 6-1; Testani-Bianco (H) def. Lauren Steele-Emily Krofcheck, 6-3, 6-2.
ä Kennedy Catholic 3, Greenville 2 — At Buhl Park Thursday, the Lady Golden Eagles swept the singles matchups in earning the win over the Lady Trojans.
Jensen Kirila, Bekah Kish and Abby Lenhart earned the wins for KC, which was coming off a 3-2 win against Grove City on Wednesday.
Singles: Kirila (KC) def. Amanda Dawes, 6-0, 6-0; Kish (KC) def. Cameron Leary, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3; Lenhart (KC) def. Nikki Perry, 6-4, 6-4. Doubles: Brooke Marini-Jessica Fenton (G) def. Avi Danta-Jillian Dunn, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6; Lauren Faber-Mandy Gentile (G) def. Kendra Kneisl-Jessie Micco, 6-2, 6-0.
ä Sharon 3, Franklin 2 — At Franklin, Isabella Scarmack won at No. 3 singles and the teams of Natalie Liscio-Lauren Wood and Erin Hosick-Monica Campbell swept the doubles matches as the Lady Tigers edged the Lady Knights.
Singles: Mimi Terman (F) def. Jackie Bradshaw, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; Lexi Weaver (F) def. Hannah George, 6-1, 6-1; Scarmack (S) def. Beth Pfohl, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Liscio-Wood (S) def. Emily Lemanski-Reagan Scott, 6-2, 6-7(3-7), 6-2; Hosick-Campbell (S) def. Kristen Curtis-Cierra Barefoot, 6-0, 6-1.
ä Brookfield 4, Ursuline 1 — At Mill Creek Park in Youngstown Thursday, Ashley and Autumn Kirila won at 1st and 2nd singles and Leah Bayer-Ana Zarlinski and Samantha Zigler-Kristie Zachar teamed up to sweep the doubles matches as the Lady Warriors improved to a perfect 8-0 by beating the Irish (0-8).
Singles: Ash. Kirila (B) def. Katie Schrader, 6-0, 6-0; Aut. Kirila (B) def. Emily Cripe, 6-1, 6-1; Nikki Malkovits (U) def. Alexandra Plyler, 6-3, 6-2. Doubles: Bayer-Zarlinski (B) def. Nicole Zielinski-Brigid Donofrio, 6-0, 6-0; Zigler-Zachar (B) def. Mercede Liberato-Cessalee Liberato, 6-2, 6-3.
ä Brookfield 3, McDonald 2 — At Harding Park, Hubbard, on Wednesday, the host Lady Warriors swept the singles competition, led by Ashley and Autumn Kirila and Plyler, to remain undefeated.
McDonald had its slate squared at 4-4.
Singles: Ash, Kirila (B) def. Tory Ross, 6-0, 6-0; Aut. Kirila (B) def. Jai’Lyn Mosley, 6-1, 6-0; Plyler (B) def. Iva Domitrovich, 6-1, 6-4. Doubles: Samantha Johnson-Sarah Martin (M) def. Bayer-Zarlinski, 6-4, 6-0; Laura Hughes-Paige Sperati (M) def. Zigler-Zachar, 6-0, 6-2.
ä Kennedy Catholic 179, Mercer 184 — At Spring Valley Golf Course in Mercer, the Golden Eagles (4-0, 5-0) took over 1st place in Region 1 as they beat the Mustangs by 5 strokes.
KC’s Jacob Wilson and Mercer’s Nate Guiler shared medalist honors by shooting 39s.
Kennedy Catholic: Wilson 39, Paul Spondike 44, Jesse Kirila 45, Teddy Haaz 51. Mercer: Guiler 39, Mark Peters 47, Brock Watson, Matt Mathias, Ian Ollila, Landen Glass 49s.
ä West Middlesex 4, Oil City 0 — At “The Oil Field” in Oil City Thursday, coach Mike Williams’ Ms. Reds (1-1) recorded the first shutout in the 3-year history of the girls program at WM.
Molly Stonebraker, Searra McElrath, Kayla Bolland and Kaitlyn Beck had goals for WM while McElrath, Amelia Hemminger and Gretchen Elsey were credited with assists. Brianna Spencer recorded 6 saves between the pipes to notch the shutout.
“It was a heck of a team effort,” said Williams. “Olivia Slater, Amelia Hemminger and Sam Spangler made outstanding defensive plays and Bolland was everywhere on the field. It was a good win.”
ä Hickory 8, Cardinal Mooney 0 — At Hornet Stadium, Sara Suler notched a hat trick and 2 assists in leading the Lady Hornets past Mooney.
Jackie White, M.K. Bair, Marissa DeJulia and Lauren Bell had the other goals for Hickory. Bair was credited with 2 assists and White, DeJulia and Isabella Spadafora all had 1 helper.
Morgan McBride and Casey Zreliak split time in goal for Hickory. They combined to make 6 saves.
JV: Hickory, 2-0, over KC.
ä Grove City 9, Sharpsville 0 — At Forker Field Wednesday, Kalie Davis was first to score off a cross from right midfielder Julie DiStasi and added 2 more 1st-half goals, assisted by Holly McGill on one.
Anna Williams also scored 3 goals in the half, on a penalty kick and assists from Aubri McCoy and DiStasi.
First goal of the 2nd half came from Brittany Mattson on a pass from Abby Fulkerson. Mattson then hammered in a penalty kick. Davis once again found the net to complete the scoring for the Eagles, while Grove City goalkeeper Olivia Andrews pitched the shutout.
ä West Middlesex 3, Mercer 0 — At Mercer Thursday, Megan Hazlett registered 8 points (6 aces), 32 assists and 6 digs in leading coach Niki Nych’s Ms. Reds (2-0) to a 25-13, 25-14, 25-23 sweep of the Lady M’s (1-1).
West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 5 points, 17 digs; Aly Andrusky 10 points, 5 kills; Arieal Pratt 5 points, 7 kills, 6 digs; Dani Krepps 6 digs; Marissa Pursel 5 points, 14 kills. Mercer: Maddie Hessman 9 points; Lindsey Miller 8 points, 5 blocks, 5 kills; Nikki Redmond 6 points, 7 digs; Taylor Moon 7 points; Alyssa Shoemaker 12 points, 9 digs, 6 assists.
JV: WM, 26-24, 25-20.
ä Wilmington 3, Sharpsville 0 — At New Wilmington, the Blue Darlings lost their season-opener to the Lady Hounds, 25-22, 25-17, 26-24.
Coach Rosemary Ferguson’s Sharpsville squad is playing without key player Megan Davis, who tore her ACL last week and will miss the season.
Wilmington: No stats reported. Sharpsville: Rachael D’Auria 5 kills, 5 blocks, 5 points; Emily Anderson 8 kills; Mylee Sikorski 5 kills; Madison Przicina 23 assists, 9 points; Rachel Harenchar 6 digs.
JV: Wilmington, 25-21, 24-26, 15-12.
ä Hickory 3, Kennedy Catholic 0 — At the home of the Golden Eagles in Hermitage, 1st-year coach John Henwood’s Lady Hornets posted a 26-24, 25-22, 25-19 season-opening sweep over KC (0-2).
Hickory: No stats reported. KC: J’Shawna Thompkins 9 points; Noelle Milan 6 points; Emilee Taylor 7 points (5 aces), 5 digs; Tatum Kress 5 kills; Hannah Burns 5 assists; Khalicah Muhammad 5 digs.
JV: Hickory, 26-24, 25-16.
ä Brookfield 3, Heartland Christian 0 — At Brookfield Thursday, Delaney Saxton posted 23 kills, 11 points and 10 digs as the Lady Warriors (2-4) swept Heartland Christian, 25-23, 25-23, 25-12.
Brookfield: Brooke Hiner 7 kills, 8 points; Madison Bonekovic 30 digs; Katie Bender 35 assists.
ä Newton Falls 3, Brookfield 2 — At Newton Falls Wednesday, the visiting Lady Warriors won the first 2 games, 25-22 and 25-21, but lost 3 straight, 20-25, 16-25, 8-15.
Saxton led Brookfield (1-4) with 44 kills, while Bender had 60 assists. Caitlyn Heckett had 16 blocks.