Rams knocked out of postseason play

LEXINGTON — Upper Sandusky had each of its entries eliminated Thursday at the Division II sectional tournament.

The tournament started at Lexington High, but was moved indoors at Lakewood Racquet Club due to rain.

“We can only hope that the girls we have returning can take some lessons from this experience and use those lessons to make themselves better,” Upper Sandusky coach Aaron Frazee said. “We are very proud of our seniors and the leadership and effort they gave us this entire season.”

Both of the Rams’ doubles teams fell in three sets to twosomes from Edison.

Samantha Fagan and Lyndsey McQuown lost 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, while Jodi Smalley and Mara Smalley lost 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5).

Fagan and McQuown dominated their first set, played at Lexington High. Then the rains came, causing a delay and a move. Their match resumed after about a 90-minute break, but Frazee said his Rams “just couldn’t get into the same rhythm. It was a tough match, but we are proud of how they played.”

The Smalleys had a first-round bye and didn’t get on a court until about 4 p.m., roughly 6 1/2 hours after the tournament started.

“They don’t use that as an excuse, but it’s tough to sit all day and then have to get it going against someone who played earlier in the afternoon,” Frazee said. “We played well in spurts, but we just weren’t consistent enough to win the match as we were unable to put them away at the end of the match.

“Edison has a very good program and it seemed like we just were up against them throughout the draw,” he said. “We weren’t happy with our draw and knew it was going to be tough, and that certainly proved to be true.”

Upper Sandusky’s three singles players each lost in the first round.

Edison’s Emily Vogus beat Sydney Schryer 6-1, 6-1, Willard’s Victoria Barnett dropped Danielle Conigy 6-4, 6-0, and Alex Wasylenki of Mansfield St. Peter’s defeated Mady West 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

“Mady played her best match of the year. She had lost to this girl twice earlier this season in fairly uncompetitive matches. I am so proud of how Mady battled and really changed her approach to try and give herself a chance to win,” Frazee said. “We talked about what a great feeling it has to be for her to know that her last high school match was the best she’s ever played. She should be very proud of her effort.”