You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Sports

Advertisement
Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Dwenger’s No. 1 singles player Ashlyn Rang beat Carroll’s Alexandra Deister 6-0, 6-0.
Carroll Tennis Sectional

Saints sisters set tone in victory

2 doubles teams of siblings top Chargers

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Dwenger’s No. 1 doubles team Elizabeth, left, and Danielle Maxson celebrate against Carroll in the sectional finals.

Bishop Dwenger interrupted Carroll’s reign as girls tennis sectional champions again.

And this time the Saints kept it in the family.

Dwenger knocked off Carroll 4-1 to capture the Carroll Sectional with a pair of sisters doubles teams sealing the winning points.

After Saints junior Ashlyn Rang cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Chargers junior Alexandra Deister in No. l singles, sisters Danielle and Elizabeth Maxson and Jill and Leah Stetzel went to work for Dwenger.

Jill, a junior, and Leah, a freshman, grabbed the second point of the sectional with a 6-1, 6-3 No. 2 doubles win over Carroll junior Kristina Byzyka and sophomore Lauren Yovich.

And Danielle, a junior, and Elizabeth, a freshman, clinched the title with a 6-2, 6-3 No. 1 doubles win over Carroll junior Marisa Hanauer and senior Sarah Wright.

“It’s really exciting, especially playing with my sister,” Elizabeth Maxson said. “The team is great to be around, and we all get a good experience. It is a really big accomplishment for our team.”

Dwenger sophomore Khaki Lee battled for the team’s fourth point, finally defeating Carroll freshman Ashley Hoagland 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in No. 2 singles in the lone match that went three sets.

Carroll sophomore Amanda Turney won her team’s point with a 6-4, 6-1 No. 3 singles victory over Dwenger sophomore Elizabeth Fuze.

The title was Dwenger’s first since 2008 when the Saints stopped Carroll’s five-year run as sectional champion. The Chargers (14-5), who won sectionals 2003-07, won last year’s sectional title.

Dwenger (13-3) will likely have to wait through the weekend to find out its regional opponent because of weather interrupting most sectionals.

The Saints will play in the Homestead Regional starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dwenger will be looking for more success as a team and a family.

“Danielle and I are best friends, and our sisters are really close, we really grew closer together this year as friends and sisters,” Jill Stetzel said. “It’s unique to have two doubles teams that are sisters. It is special.”

While the Chargers didn’t start another run of sectional titles, Carroll expects to be battling Dwenger for more titles as the Chargers graduated one senior from its starting lineup and the Saints return all of their starters next season.

“Both of us have young teams and both of us have a good young player coming in next year,” Carroll coach Kyle Stoffel said. “We expected this battle to be continuing.”

At the Homestead Sectional, the rematch is set.

The No. 16 Spartans and No. 20 Canterbury each rolled in the semifinals to set up today’s 9 a.m. championship match.

On Friday, Homestead beat Elmhurst 5-0, and Canterbury took care of Wayne 5-0.

The Cavaliers lost only three games against the Generals, and those were at No. 2 singles where Caitlin Sullivan won 6-3, 6-0. The other matches were won 6-0, 6-0.

Homestead won the regular-season matchup against Canterbury 3-2.

tkrausz@jg.net

Greg Jones of The Journal Gazette contributed to this report.

Advertisement