Abby Lewis wasn't thrilled with her performance at the state tennis tournament last weekend. Given the circumstances, however, the Westerville North junior was matter-of-fact about the situation.

Abby Lewis wasn't thrilled with her performance at the state tennis tournament last weekend. Given the circumstances, however, the Westerville North junior was matter-of-fact about the situation.

Lewis lost to Magnifcat senior Stephanie Hollis in the first round of the Division I singles bracket last Friday, 6-1, 6-0. Hollis, a four-time state qualifier in singles, ended up finishing third in the state, her only loss coming to eventual state champion Niki Flower of Upper Arlington.

"It wasn't that great of a performance," Lewis said after the loss. "I just tried to keep in it and stay aggressive. It didn't work out."

Lewis said Hollis was steady throughout the match and put her in a bind by getting in a lot of first serves.

"(Lewis) wasn't playing her game," coach Nick Crowther said. "I think she was trying for too much, when she should have been waiting for her opportunities. I would love to have seen them both on their best day."

Playing in her first state singles tournament (she competed in doubles with her sister in 2007), Lewis was able to appreciate the accomplishment.

A transfer from DeSales, Lewis is North's first state tennis participant in 17 years. She won her first sectional singles championship and placed fourth at district.

She won 24 singles matches this season against only five loses.

"There are some good players out there," Crowther said. "But I have high hopes for next year. I think she can make it to state and maybe win a match or two."

•Set to lose only two of his top seven players to graduation, Central coach Donovon Barrett is expecting big things for the 2010 season.

Central returns all three of its singles players, including district qualifier Taylor Todd. Nine of the 11 players who saw some varsity action are expected to be back.

"We're excited about the depth we've been able to build," Barrett said. "We've had some good years in the past, but I don't know that we've been as strong towards the bottom and through the JV."

Central won 10 matches and finished fourth in the OCC-Cardinal in what was expected to be a rebuilding year. While challenging state power Jerome for a league title was a little beyond the Warhawks' reach, the program still has high expectations.

"At this point, we're only thinking about the top two or three spots in the league," Barrett said.

"Our goal is to be in the top five of Division I teams in central Ohio."

At a glance

Central

•Record: 10-7 overall, 4-3 (fourth, 37 points) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Tarimah Clark-Taylor, Emily Filipone

•Key returnees: Kristina Johnson, Rachel Lane and Taylor Todd

North

•Record: 7-11 overall, 3-4 (fifth, 30 points) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Lindsey Blum, Kati LaFollette, Valerie Muse, Allison Thorsen, and Jacquie Woods

•Key returnees: Quinn Bailey and Abby Lewis

South

•Record: 4-11 overall, 1-6 (sixth, 22 points) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Megan Sweet

•Key returnees: Christine Pope and Danielle Walker