Local teams fall short of district tournament
Five Westerville entries fell one win shy of advancing to the Division I district tournament from sectionals Oct. 3 and 5, ending the season for the Central, North and South high school girls tennis teams.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles from each of the four sectionals advanced to the district tournament Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Hilliard Davidson.
At Pickerington Central, Warhawks freshman Nicole Cardwell -- the site's top seed in singles -- went 2-1 and lost to Dublin Coffman freshman Victoria Fan 6-3, 6-2 in a quarterfinal. Teammates Autumn Ramsey, a senior, and Alexandria Shaw, a freshman, each went 1-1 in singles.
Seniors Gracie Albany and Mackenzie Moushey were 1-1 in doubles, and the doubles team of junior Melanie Peters and senior Gina Scarborough went 0-1.
North and South competed in the Upper Arlington sectional.
Every South singles player and both doubles teams got at least one win, and three advanced to within one win of qualifying for district. Seniors Kristen Rudge and Tara Thompson each went 2-1 in singles, as did the doubles team of seniors McKenna Davis and Carissa Tedeschi.
Senior Aleah Carey was 1-1 in singles, as was the doubles team of Demy Fobellah and Lexi Hunkler.
Warriors juniors Macy Chapman and Abby Engelhart were 2-1 in doubles, losing to second-seeded Beniva Ganther and Anna Marie Reynolds of Upper Arlington 6-0, 6-0 in a quarterfinal. Ganther and Reynolds also eliminated Fobellah and Hunkler 6-1, 6-1 in the previous round.
North juniors Abby Fraker and Liz Sekeres were 1-1 in doubles. Juniors Julia Clark and Alexa Reiniger were 1-1 in singles, and junior Anna Sivey was 0-1.
Central finished 14-4 overall and 5-2 (28 points) in the OCC-Cardinal Division, behind Dublin Jerome (42, 7-0) and Dublin Scioto (35, 6-1) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley (18, 3-4), Hilliard Darby (18, 3-4), South (13, 2-5), Canal Winchester (10, 2-5) and North (4, 0-7).
South finished 7-8 overall and North was 0-9.
-- Dave Purpura