Calvert’s Daniel, three Clyde entries advance to district
CLYDE – Calvert gained its first district qualifier since 2006 and Clyde had three entries advance Thursday at the first day of the Division II tennis sectional at Clyde.
The sectional concludes Saturday, with all those playing that day automatically moving on to the district.
Calvert junior Madison Daniel is among that group after claiming three wins Thursday, the last one a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) marathon over Bellevue’s Mandee Darr.
“She was on her game all day, all day. She never quit. She was down, like 1-4 at one point, and came back,” Calvert coach Karen Kwiat said. “She never gave in and that was a credit to her.”
Daniel became the first Seneca to reach the district since Emma Haley, who eventually advanced to state, did so in 2006.
Daniel opened with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Fostoria’s Erica Moore, then beat Huron’s Delaney Black 6-0, 6-1 before facing Darr. She takes on Olivia Rohrbacher of Sandusky Perkins in Saturday’s semifinals.
Despite having no other Senecas reach Saturday’s round, Kwiat said she was pleased with her entire team’s effort.
“All the girls really exceeded my goals. My goal was for the girls to get past the first round. Anything past the first round was a bonus,” she said. “To have one go to district was amazing. I was thrilled.
“I had four out of the five make it past the first round,” Kwiat said.
Calvert’s Laura Haley beat Columbian’s Tiffany Walker 6-1, 6-2 in an opening singles match, but Haley then fell to 6-0, 6-2 to Carlee Vaughn of Sandusky Perkins.
CeCi Burtis of Calvert opened with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Bellevue’s Elidia Veliz, but suffered a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Rohrbacher.
Senecas Cassie Recker and Kerrigan Kwiat began the day with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Sandusky St. Mary’s Mary Fanning and Kayla Yontz, but the Calvert duo lost 6-0, 6-0 to Port Clinton’s Tiffany Colston and Morgan McGlothlin.
Huron’s Lilly Justus and Irene Frageri beat Calvert’s Margaret Bowers and Regina Hoepf 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of doubles play.
Clyde’s Andrea Nearhood and doubles teammates Amanda Cahill and Alexis Weber, and Clara Sewell and Brooke Smith also reached Saturday.
Nearhood, seeded third, faces No. 2 seed Kelsey Dietrich of Port Clinton in the semifinals. Nearhood advanced by beating Oak Harbor’s Amanda Sosa 6-0, 6-1 and Bellevue’s Joan Cmar 6-1, 6-0 before blanking Port Clinton’s Alyssa Krupp 6-0, 6-0.
Cahill and Weber and breezed to the semifinals by beating Oak Harbor’s Michelle Boss and Kelsey Bodnar 6-0, 6-1, St. Mary’s Dani Parish and Maria Szczeponik 6-0, 6-0 and Port Clinton’s Molly Haberman and Libby Showalter.
Cahill and Weber, who entered as the top seed, face St. Joseph’s Abby Burns and Dani Baez in the semifinals.
The other semifinal match will pit Sewell and Smith, the No. 3 seed, against Colston and McGlothlin of Port Clinton, who came in seeded second.
Sewell and Smith advanced by beating St. Joseph’s Kelsey Nevius and Lillian Cool 6-0, 6-0 and Priscilla Nguyen and Tai Knoll of Sandusky Perkins 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Clyde’s Desiree Boonen and Emi Bowers each fell in singles play.
Boonen opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Sandusky’s Morgan Spencer before ousting fourth-seeded Sarah Guzowski of Columbian 6-1, 6-4. However she then fell 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to Darr.
Bowers beat Port Clinton’s Eryn Binder 6-1, 6-3 and upended Fremont St. Joe’s Tricia Reinhart 7-6 (6-0), 6-2 before losing 6-0, 6-0 to Rohrbach.
Neither Columbian nor Fostoria had anyone advance past the first round.
Sam Krintzline fell 6-1, 6-0 to Sandusky St. Mary’s Alexis McCabe to round out Columbian’s first-round loses in the singles bracket.
Tornadoes Julianne Peacock and Christina Talbot-Koehl lost 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to Nevius and Cool, while Justus and Frageri dispatched Ashley Niedermier and Kayla Magrum 6-2, 6-1.
Fostoria also had five losses in the first round.
Autumn Affholder fell 6-2, 6-2 to Sosa and Jessica Kauffman lost 6-0, 6-1 to Laura Baez of Fremont St. Joe.
Rachel Helle and Emily Boss of Oak Harbor defeated Fostoria’s Jillian Smith and Ellen Guan 6-0, 6-0, while Fostoria’s Sabra Tate and Destinie Farris suffered a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Haberman and Showalter.