Three-set victories by Stephanie Hostetler and the doubles tandem of Chanda Strong and Mirandi Miller pushed Westview past West Noble, 3-2 in the finals of the East Noble girls tennis sectional Saturday morning in Kendallville.
After handling Brooke Moser by a count of 6-1 in the first set of their No. 1 singles battle, Hostetler saw the Lady Charger fight back to win set two, 6-4 and take a 1-0 lead in the third set. Hostetler then regained the momentum by sweeping the next four games and ultimately winning the set, 6-2.
The climb to victory was even steeper for Strong and Miller. Following a split of the first two sets against Rachel Schermerhorn and Brett Coverstone, the Lady Warrior duo found themselves down 4-5 in the third set and facing match point.
The West Noble team thought they had scored the knockout blow, but its volley landed just beyond the baseline and was called out. Strong and Miller rallied to win the game, divide the next two games and win the decisive tie-breaker, 7-5.
Brooke Miller and Rebecca Lawhorn secured the first Lady Warrior point of the finale with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Brianna Randels and Hannah Pfenning in the No. 1 doubles match.
Trinity Patton and Rachel Strouse accounted for the two West Noble markers with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Westview (9-5) advances to the Northridge regional this Tuesday evening to play Angola (14-1) in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Northridge (14-4) and Fairfield (17-2) meet in the other semifinal Tuesday. The winners return to Middlebury Wednesday at 5 p.m. to play for the regional crown.
The Lady Warriors nipped defending champion East Noble, 3-2 in the sectional semifinals Thursday. West Noble shaded Central Noble, 3-2 in the other semifinal.
West Noble 2
Stephanie Hostetler (WV) def. Brooke Moser, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Trinity Patton (WN) def. Katelyn Miller, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Rachel Strouse (WN) def. Courtney Grossman, 6-0, 6-0
Brooke Miller-Rebecca Lawhorn (WV) def. Brianna Randels-Hannah Pfenning, 6-1, 6-2
Chanda Strong-Mirandi Miller (WV) def. Rachel Schermerhorn-Brett Coverstone, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
East Noble 2
Stephanie Hostetler (WV) def. Gabby VanCamp, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Anna Papaik (EN) def. Katelyn Miller, 6-3, 6-4
Chelsea Ort (EN) def. Courtney Grossman, 6-4, 7-5
Brooke Miller-Rebecca Lawhorn (WV) def. Jessica Workman-Natasha Leffel, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4
Chanda Strong-Mirandi Miller (WV) def. Samantha Preston-Gabrielle Sherbondy, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2