Columbian’s Riley and Amory end second at SBC
PORT CLINTON — Columbian’s Alyson Riley and Morgan Amory ended second in second doubles and four other teammates also earned league honors Thursday at the Sandusky Bay Conference Tournament.
“The strength of our team all season has been our parity. Girls have pushed one another to continue to improve throughout the course of the year, and as a result, depth has been our strength. I think that showed up today at the SBC Tournament,” TC coach Trey Elchert said.
“We have had many girls who put in a lot of work during the spring, summer, and fall to get to where they are today. We went from zero SBC honors last year, to six this year,” he said. “That is truly a credit to what they have done to improve themselves as tennis players. I could not be more proud of the girls for the work they have put in to earn league recognition.”
Riley and Amory fell 6-0, 6-0 to Norwalk’s Erin Bliele and Mara Berry in the finals to end up on the SBC second team.
The pair of Tornadoes opened with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Sandusky before upending Clyde’s Hali Hagemeyer and Averie Fritz 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 to reach the finals.
Columbian singles players Sammy Kimmet and Anna Stephey and the doubles team of Linzi Boos and Erin Musil ended with honorable mention awards.
Stephey tied for third at third singles. She beat Bellevue’s Caitlyn Cullen 6-1, 6-1 before dropping a 6-4, 7-5, 10-4 match to Clyde’s Nathalie Cziesla.
Boos and Musil finished fifth at first doubles, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Abriye Skelton and Ryleigh Keller of Perkins.
Kimmet ended tied for fifth at first singles. She fell 6-0, 6-0 to Sandusky’s Marissa Esposito, then beat Vermilion’s Karsyn Brewer 8-0.
SHS knocks back Rams
UPPER SANDUSKY — Shelby beat Upper Sandusky 4-1 Thursday, dropping the Rams to 4-9.
Upper Sandusky’s lone win came at No. 2 singles, with Mara Smalley downing Sadie Smith 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
“We knew that Shelby was going to be a tough matchup for us. They are a very solid team and very well coached,” Upper Sandusky coach Aaron Frazee said. “Mara, for the second night in a row, really battled to win her match. The second set was tough for her but she just fought and fought to get the win. She is doing what a senior leader should do, and is so very valuable to us.”
Shelby’s Grace Mahek beat Saki Fukuta 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Molly Eith beat Jada Manns 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3.
Whippets Maddie Sharrock and Anna Vogt defeated Hannah Frey and Sara Scott 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Jarica Awwiller and Olivia Fordyce dropped Adrian Malone and Lexi Ricker 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.
Redmen slip to .500
FOSTORIA — Lima Bath dominated in two of its singles wins and swept the doubles Thursday in a 4-1 win against Fostoria.
The Redmen (7-7) got their only win at No. 3 singles, where Alyssa Durst defeated Lexi White 6-4, 6-1.
Lima Bath’s Esther Bolon and Ruby Bolon won the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Raeyln Hoffman played at No. 1 singles for Fostoria and Maddie Cook played at No. 2.
Wildkittens Fayne Gandhi and Elena Oliver beat Imani Velazquez and Mya Weimerskirch 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Rachel Wilcox and Chloe Rieman beat Jocelyn Bisson and Jenna Johnson 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2.