Area representation in the Division I girls tennis state tournament looks familiar.

Pickerington High School North junior Cassie Alcala repeated as district singles champion Oct. 13 at Reynoldsburg, as did defending state champions Maddie Atway and Dani Schoenly of Olentangy Liberty in doubles.

Alcala, last year’s state runner-up, completed a 4-0 run through the tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Dublin Jerome’s Lalasa Nagireddy in the final.

“She’s developed a lot as a player (since last year). Her mental game is a lot stronger than it was and she is peaking at the right time,” North coach Brian Hoff said. “She’s just a smart player on the court. If there’s a good shot or a bad shot to hit, she always picks the good shot to hit.”

Jerome’s Katherine Wang defeated teammate Reagan Resor 6-0, 6-1 in the third-place match.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

In the semifinals, Alcala defeated Wang 6-1, 6-0 and Nagireddy beat Resor 6-1, 6-2.

Atway and Schoenly topped Upper Arlington’s Evelyn Holman and Wendy Shi, who also made state last year, 6-0, 6-3 in the doubles final. Olentangy Orange’s Kortney Reed and Erin Storrer beat Liberty’s Lexie Brengartner and Ellie MacDowell 6-3, 6-4 in the third-place match.

Atway and Schoenly beat Reed and Storrer 6-1, 6-2 in one semifinal. Holman and Shi defeated Brengartner and MacDowell 6-3, 6-4 in the other.

Academy sweeps Division II district titles

Columbus Academy swept the Division II district singles and doubles titles Oct. 13 at Reynoldsburg.

Sydni Ratliff defeated Olentangy Berlin’s Ella Franz 6-0, 6-0 to win the singles championship. In the doubles final, Lauren Motta and Carmen Merkel defeated teammates Himaja Reddy and Alex Graham 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 in a match that lasted 3 hours, 40 minutes.

Only the singles and doubles champions advanced to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Ratliff, a sophomore, finished second at state last fall.

“I think it will be different because I have a lot more experience in that environment, and I have a lot more confidence than I did last year,” she said. “I’m playing really well this year and I’m really excited.”

—Scott Hennen

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