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Girls Tennis

Davidson ready to host doubles event

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Hilliard Davidson High School girls tennis team will play host to the Kim Shepherd Doubles Classic on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The eight-team event also includes the Wildcats' B team, Darby, Chillicothe, Lancaster, Thomas Worthington and the Upper Arlington and Watterson B teams.

Each squad will be represented by a doubles team in each of the four flights, with each match using eight-game pro-set scoring.

Shepherd, an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame honoree, coached Davidson for 36 years before stepping down after the 2010 season.

"The competition is always good for our doubles tournament," coach Steve De Dent said. "... It is a good measure for us of what we need to improve on as far as doubles go (for the Division I postseason)."

The Wildcats extended their winning streak to seven matches last week, defeating Westland 5-0 on Sept. 3 and Marysville 5-0 on Sept. 5 in OCC-Central Division contests. They were 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Central before playing Upper Arlington on Sept. 10.

Davidson concludes league play Thursday, Sept. 12, at home against Olentangy Liberty.

Winning against Marysville were Emily Turner at first singles (6-0, 6-0), Heather Haynes at second singles (6-0, 6-3), Mary Carson at third singles (6-1, 6-0), Natalie Hagy and Laura Hagy at first doubles (6-0, 6-1) and Ella Wilson and Hillary Hunt at second doubles (6-0, 6-0).

"The girls are working hard and we are playing good tennis," De Dent said. "Each of our singles players is improving with each match. Our doubles (teams) are still a work in progress.

"We need to do a better job of keeping the ball in play during matches. When we have struggled, it has been due to our unforced errors more than anything."

Panthers enter week on winning streak

Darby was 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville South on Sept. 10.

The Panthers defeated Bradley 3-2 on Sept. 5 for their third consecutive win.

Winning were Abby Schuster at first singles (6-4, 6-2), Abigail Greene and Deepthi Nacharaju at first doubles (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) and Kate Kallis and Abigail Niehaus at second doubles (4-6, 7-5, 6-4).

Darby had two other wins last week, beating Canal Winchester 4-1 in an OCC-Cardinal match Sept. 3 and Jonathan Alder 5-0 on Sept. 4.

The Panthers conclude league play Thursday, Sept. 12, at Dublin Scioto.

Victories difficult to come by for Jaguars

Bradley entered the week on a four-match losing streak and was 3-8 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Canal Winchester on Sept. 10.

Against Darby, Taylor Ruby won at first singles (6-3, 6-0) and Amaray Denney won at third singles (6-2, 2-6, 6-3).

Bradley's victories have come against Worthington Kilbourne (3-1 on Aug. 21), Westerville South (4-1 in a league match Aug. 27) and London (5-0 on Aug. 28).

The Jaguars conclude OCC-Cardinal play Thursday, Sept. 12, at Westerville North.

--Aaron Blankenship