ELIDA - Elida hosted Bluffton, Celina and Van Wert for the Elida Invitational on Saturday at the Denny Schwinnen Courts.

The Lady Cougars took home the trophy as the invitational's team champion, when they were victorious in three of the four divisions of play.

"Every year we try to go into this event with the mindset of having a fun day and not worrying about the results, but that's not how our girls attacked today at all," said Van Wert Head Coach Eli Alvarez. "We were locked in right from the jump, and competed very well all day."

The Van Wert doubles teams continued their dominance, winning all three of the matchups in the doubles division to clinch the tournament victory for the Cougars.

Paige Moonshower and Allie Etter won their first match of the day against the eventual consolation bracket winners in McKenzie Savill and Keighly Eickholt of Elida 6-1, 6-1. The pair dropped the first set, but recovered to cruise through their championship matchup against Kaylin Avers and Amy Hartings of Celina by scores of 2-6, 6-0, and 6-2.

In the "B doubles" division, Alli Morrow and Lizzie Rutkowski, who are usually singles players, teamed up to win as a pair against Celina and Bluffton doubles teams to take the B division championship for the Cougars.

To complete the sweep, Van Wert took the "C doubles" division when Jada Buckner and Kaylee Jennings defeated Libby Frazier and Ellie Nickles of Bluffton 6-0, 6-3, and finished their day off with a win against Grace Schneider and Michelle Elston of Celina 6-2, 6-3.

"All three doubles teams played with a lot of passion and fire," Alvarez said following the match. "Today felt very similar to the mindset we have normally going into WBL's and Sectionals, and I was very pleased with that."

Grace Lott was the lone competitor in the singles division for the Cougars. After dropping her opening match against Erin Hotmire of Bluffton, Lott recovered nicely to take the consolation bracket win over Maggie Little of Elida 6-2, 6-2.

Overall team scores on the day were Van Wert with 16 total points, Celina with 10, Bluffton with 8, and Elida finishing with 2.

With only one loss on the season, Coach Alvarez is looking for his team to carry the momentum they've gained in the first half of the season, through the rest of their schedule.

"We've still got a lot of work to do here in the last month of the season, but we've proven that we can compete with anybody, and we're excited for this final stretch of matches."