Photo by Rich TorresJohn Armstrong pulled off a narrow 7-5, 6-4 victory for Carmel at No. 2 singles in Wednesday’s sectional.
Photo by Rich Torres

John Armstrong pulled off a narrow 7-5, 6-4 victory for Carmel at No. 2 singles in Wednesday’s sectional.
The Carmel Greyhounds and the Westfield Shamrocks were on the top of their games Wednesday evening.

Opening the state tournament, sectional host Carmel, which finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the state, defeated fifth-ranked Guerin Catholic 5-0. In the other sectional tournament semifinal, Westfield swept past University 5-0.

The two winners will meet on Friday at 4:15 p.m. to decide the sectional championship.

Carmel, which has won three team state titles the past four seasons, is searching for its sixth state championship in head coach Mike Bostic's tenure. The first title under Bostic's watch occurred in 2003-04 and led to a back-to-back run. From 2010-13, the Greyhounds captured three consecutive state titles.

Overall, Carmel has won eight team state titles and advanced to the finals in five consecutive seasons, including last year. In 2013-14, they fell short of a potential four-peat, losing to eventual state champion North Central in the semifinals 3-2.

Coincidently, North Central is the only program in state history to four-peat, achieving the feat three times since the state tournament began in 1967-68.

If the Greyhounds are victorious on Friday, the sectional championship will mark Carmel's 28th in program history.

Guerin Catholic entered the sectional red-hot at 10-3-1 on the year and winners in five straight duals and champions of the Homestead Invitational.

Against Carmel, they struggled with the exception of No. 2 singles where Wyatt Metzger lost to John Armstrong 7-5, 6-4. At No. 1 singles, Carmel's Nick Werner defeated Luke Wiese 6-1, 6-4, and Azad Koya won at No. 3 singles versus Jacob Bratton 6-2, 6-3.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of Matthew Quammen and Radha Vishnubhotla swept to a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Clay Hepp and Cole Hepp. Patrick Fletchall and Zach Hennessey did the same with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles versus Andrew Cobb and Ben Catton.

Westfield enjoys similar success with Evan Parshall turning in a flawless match at No. 2 singles to win 6-0, 6-0, defeating Eric Metzman. At No. 1 singles, Parker Kalis won 6-2, 6-0 against Neal Chavan. Parker Phillips completed the sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 performance at No. 3 singles.

Charlie Warner and Sam Hirshfeld teamed to beat Dakota Allen and Alex Rosebrough 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Cameron Hoffman and Vlasta Florian were victorious at No. 2 doubles against Ray Lu and Akhil Vadlamudi.

Westfield will attempt to win its first boys tennis sectional on Friday.