MASON — Unlike a year ago when just one high school girls tennis player from central Ohio survived the first day of the state tournament, three singles players and one doubles team from the area advanced to the second day by winning a pair of matches Oct. 20 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
The semifinals, finals and consolation matches will be held Oct. 21.
In Division I singles, Centennial’s Zoey Weil beat Mason’s Jaime Kim 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 and Pickerington North’s Cassie Alcala beat Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame’s Kelli Niehaus 7-5, 6-3 in quarterfinals.
Last season, Weil was the only area player to advance to the second day of state competition. She will play Rocky River Magnificat’s Anna Roggenburk in a semifinal.
“I’m glad I have the opportunity to come back,” Weil said. “I’m looking to win the title.”
Alcala, who won the district title, will play Mason’s Ananya Aggarwal in the other semifinal.
“When you’re at state, you’re always nervous, but I felt like I played well,” Alcala said.
Also moving on to the second day of the state tournament in Division I was the Olentangy Liberty doubles team of Maddie Atway and Dani Schoenly, who will play Magnificat’s Alexandra Vesikallio and Olivia Rondini in a semifinal. Atway and Schoenly beat last year’s state runners-up, Green’s Anne Zivick and Maria Zivick, 6-3, 6-4 in a quarterfinal.
“It feels really good to be moving on,” Atway said.
Advancing to a Division II state semifinal in singles was Columbus Academy’s Sydni Ratliff, who won her first two matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores. She will play Cincinnati Summit Country Day’s Elizabeth Fahrmeier in a semifinal.
“I thought my forehand was working really well and my serves won a lot of points,” Ratliff said.
Losing in second-round matches were Olentangy’s Kathleen Jones and Watterson’s Claire Ghidotti in Division I singles, Upper Arlington’s Evelyn Holman and Wendy Shi in Division I doubles and Academy’s Georgia Tuckerman and Himaja Reddy in Division II doubles.
The Liberty doubles team of Cellini Ko and Lexi Steer and the UA doubles team of Ella Hazelbaker and Noah Mizer both lost in the first round in Division I.