The Granville High School girls tennis team should have some advantageous matchups for the Division II sectional Monday and Tuesday in Dover.

The Granville High School girls tennis team should have some advantageous matchups for the Division II sectional Monday and Tuesday in Dover.

The Blue Aces are aiming to better the school-record-tying five district qualifiers they had a year ago, and that will happen if the seeds hold up. Both doubles teams and two singles players are among the top four, and the four placers in both advance to the district meet Oct. 10-11 at Columbus School for Girls.

"We did very well at the seeding meeting," coach Keith Mullins said. "Now we have to go prove it."

Kristen Graffeo and Beth Ginise are the top seed in doubles and the second seed went to Leah Wong and Maggie Schneider, seniors who reach the district last season.

"Both teams are coming along real nice," Mullins said. "I think what helped them was that they won rather handily when we played Lancaster (on Sept. 19). I told them at the time this was their statement matches. Lancaster played some teams out east earlier in the year so the coaches had something to compare."

Kate Biggerstaff is seeded third and Anne Hofmeister fourth in singles. Hofmeister also advanced to the district meet a year ago in singles, and the senior Biggerstaff is playing for the first time since her freshman season. Katie Baker also is in the singles draw.

The top singles seed went to freshman Emily Dawson of Beaver Local, and Mary Nelson of Millersburg West Holmes is No. 2.

The Blue Aces defeated Worthington Christian 4-1 last Thursday to finish the regular season 14-4. They played in the MSL-Ohio-Cardinal Division tournament last Saturday.

"After things settled down early on, we got on a little run," Mullins said. "Hopefully, we'll keep it going. We're playing well at the right time."

The seeding meeting for the Division I sectional is Wednesday, and first-year Watkins Memorial coach Tom Dyer said he believes senior Krista Derry could be a top seed in singles. Newark also competes in the sectional Thursday and Friday in New Philadelphia.

Derry, a three-time district qualifier, broke the school's career victory record earlier this season, which was 69 held by Grace Barrett before her graduation in 1998. Derry, who played singles in the postseason as a freshman and sophomore, had 73 after the Warriors defeated Westerville South 4-1 last Thursday to improve to 12-6.

"We've had a great season, and Krista's been right there leading the way," Dyer said. "I was afraid I scheduled too tough, but these girls have played through it and done very well."

Dyer will not pair some of his top players as many coaches do for the postseason. Derry played doubles at the sectional last year. Alana Cheplowitz should contend for a district berth in singles as well, Dyer said. The same goes for for the doubles team of Kara Yator and Paige Landon, which has won a slew of three-set matches this year.

"I'm a big believer in chemistry so I'm not going to mess with things," said Dyer, whose Warriors (24 points) were tied for second behind New Albany (36) entering last Saturday's OCC-Capital tournament.

MOVING ON -- Mullins, who has two young sons, said he will not return as girls coach next fall. He will coach Granville's boys team in the spring but that will be his last season.