Columbian’s doubles play keys win over Senecas

PHOTO BY MATT NYE Columbian’s Erin Musil hits the ball during a doubles match against Calvert in Tiffin Wedneday.

Columbian’s doubles teams got off to a great start, and they didn’t let up Wednesday against crosstown rival Calvert.

The Columbian duo of Casey Knutson and Anna Stephey beat the Senecas’ Victoria Ardner and Hannah Welter, 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, the Tornadoes’ Erin Musil and Linzi Boes beat the Senecas’ Madison Ball and Alana Kennedy, 6-0, 6-1.

That helped propel Columbian to a 4-1 win, and to 2-0 this season.

“Our doubles played really well right from the start,” said Tornadoes coach Trey Elchert.

Calvert coach Adrian Conley was optimistic after the match, which was his team’s first of the season. But he did see a few things that can be improved.

“In doubles we need to be way more aggressive,” he said.

The highlight for the Senecas was at first singles, when Devyn Warnement blanked TC’s Morgan Amory, 6-0, 6-0.

“That is really exciting,” Conley said. “(Warnement) was solid today, a workmanlike effort. She had some good rallies and finished off points well.”

Elchert said Amory is getting good experience.

“Devyn’s a really nice player for Calvert,” he said. “(It’s) Morgan’s first time she’s played singles. She can play in different spots. She’s played high-quality opponents.”

In the other singles matches, Columbian’s Sammy Kimmet topped Calvert’s Maria Welter, 6-1, 6-1, while TC’s Allyson Riley defeated Kara Brodman, 6-4, 6-3.

“I thought our second, third singles did an excellent job battling early in the match,” Elchert said.

Conley said it was a good day of tennis.

“We had a good time, and Columbian’s team was a pretty solid team,” he said. “A nice program there. I’d like the results to be different, but I congratulate Trey. Gotta lot of work to do.”

Rams get a new

player, and first victory

UPPER SANDUSKY — Upper Sandusky adjusted its lineup a bit against Kenton for a new arrival.

Saki Fukuta, a exchange student from Japan, was put into the No. 2 singles spot.

“She stepped right in and played great for us,” said Rams’ coach Aaron Frazee.

Fukuta beat Kenton’s Lily Osborn, 6-1, 6-0, and the Rams upended the Wildcats 4-1, and improved to 1-1.

“We are still tinkering with who is going to be where in the lineup, but she looks like she is going to fit in well with the team.” Frazee said.

If Wednesday was any indication, the Rams are set with their doubles teams.

At first doubles, Hannah Frey and Sarah Scott upended Kayce Sherman and Samantha Lowe, 7-5, 6-1. At second doubles, Nirian Gutierrez and Jada Manns upended Kenton’s Aaliyah Rogers and Angel Chen, 6-1, 6-1.

“We got much-improved play from our doubles tonight,” Frazee said.

Upper Sandusky’s other win came at third singles, when Lauren Schoenberger beat Grace Collins, 6-0, 6-4. Kenton’s lone victory was at first singles, where the Wildcats’ Mykaela Schriber beat Mara Smalley, 6-0, 6-3.

It was Kenton’s first match of the season.

Lady Red stop Huron

BELLEVUE — Rayven Whyde got it started at first singles with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Huron’s Katelyn Rogers. From there, the Lady Red lost just one match, and topped the Tigers, 4-1.

At second singles, Bellevue’s Summer Strunk stopped Madison Stockard, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. At third singles, Bellevue’s Kaitlyn Cullen bounced back from a 6-3 loss in the first set to beat Ella Lamb 7-5, 6-4 in the next two.

In the doubles matches, Sage Garcia and Leighan Motley suffered Bellevue’s lone loss, 4-6, 6-4, and 10-7 in the tiebreaker. At second doubles, Perla Monreal and Ella Little beat Lauren Walls and Alpana Kurtz, 6-3, 6-1.

Bellevue improved to 1-1.

Willard dominates Clyde

CLYDE — Willard had a strong match Wednesday, taking care of Clyde, 4-1.

Clyde’s lone win came at third singles, when Nathalie Cziesla rolled past Willard’s Macey Compton, 6-1, 6-1.

The Fliers fell to 1-1.

Willard won both doubles matches, with Kennedy Daub and Whitney Robinson upending the Clyde duo of Megan Barrett and Alyssa Laurer, 7-6, 6-3, and Willard’s team of Natalie VanZoest and Kalli Sowers holding off the Fliers’ Hali Hagemeyer and Averie Fritz, 6-2, 6-2.

Willard also won the first two singles matches. Addison Paxton topped Emma Strudthoff, 7-5, 2-6, 7-2, and Ella Schag toppled Klara Miller, 6-0, 6-1.


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