BOWLING GREEN ? Playing at the district tournament under normal circumstances is difficult enough.
But for Calvert's Madison Daniel, Wednesday didn't qualify as normal circumstances.
Daniel, playing in her first district tournament, was doing so less than 24 hours after the death of beloved Calvert teacher Ray Stearns. Stearns died Tuesday at age 55. Senecas' coach Karen Kwiat said that event, and the sadness that came from it, might have carried onto the court.
Daniel was beaten in her only match by Spencerville's Kaylee Davis, 6-4, 6-0, ending Daniel's season.
"I think if the match was any other day, we definitely would have had a different outcome," Kwiat said. "I'm proud of Maddie, she played some great tennis."
Kwiat said it was a goal of Daniel, a junior, to reach the district meet.
"I'm really so proud of her for just getting where she's at," Kwiat said. "She has goals beyond that now, and inspired other kids on my team."
Clyde's doubles team of Amanda Cahill amd Lexi Weber went 2-0 Wednesday, and will advance to the semifinals here Saturday.
Cahill and Weber defeated Willard's Alexandra Worcester and Alivia Parrott, 6-0, 6-3, then knocked off Wauseon's Ellie Hayati and Sally Frank, 6-1, 6-0.
Cahill and Weber advance to play Lexington's Elise Betscher and Jillian Earnest Saturday. The Lexington duo knocked off Clyde's Clara Sewell and Brooke Smith in Sewell and Smith's lone match, 6-0, 6-0.
Clyde's Andrea Nearhood fell in her lone match to Van Wert's Ali Morelsand, 7-5, 6-3.