Olentangy High School's Bri Brdicka and Kathleen Jones fell a match short of placing in the Division I state girls tennis tournament.

Olentangy High School's Bri Brdicka and Kathleen Jones fell a match short of placing in the Division I state girls tennis tournament.

Competing in doubles, they defeated North Canton Hoover's Lynn Daugherty and Alivia Arnold 6-3, 6-2 in the first round Oct. 17 at Ohio State before losing 6-4, 6-2 to Toledo Notre Dame's Teagan McNamara and Alicia Nahhas in a quarterfinal. McNamara and Nahhas went on to finish third.

"As two singles players who started working intensely together only at the end of the season, they exceeded every expectation I had," coach Jeff Luxenburger said. "I am so proud of their deserved finish among the top eight doubles teams in the state. I credit them with executing strongly under pressure and communicating and supporting each other at every turn."

Brdicka, a junior, is a three-time district qualifier and Jones was one of only three freshmen in the state doubles draw.

"Their first-round match was against a strong No. 2 seed and it was fantastic to see the girls conquer their nerves and the windy weather, and just step up and play their game," Luxenberger said. "That gave them confidence, but (McNamara and Nahhas) were great competitors. While we would have loved to advance, falling short to the eventual third-place duo was a great finish to the girls' run."

Brdicka and Jones became the first Braves to qualify for state by placing third in the district tournament Oct. 11 at Columbus School for Girls. They lost to Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger and Kyra Jung 6-2, 6-0 in a semifinal before beating Dublin Jerome's Victoria Chang and Rhiannon James 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 in the third-place match.

Berger and Jung won the state title by beating Pickerington Central's Kyah and Isis Thomas 6-3, 6-4. Chang and James finished fourth, losing to McNamara and Nahhas 6-4, 7-5 in the third-place match.

"I know that (Brdicka and Jones) are as excited as I am to come back next season now that they've had a taste of the state tournament and they will be working a great deal in the offseason," Luxenberger said. "But I hope they get to sit back and relax a little and enjoy their tremendous achievement."

Liberty's Meyer losesfirst-round match

Liberty junior Alexia Meyer lost her first-round singles match at state to Lodi Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar 6-2, 6-1.

"It was great for Alexia to finish the season at state because she missed a bunch of matches with an injury and wasn't at 100 percent for much of the season," coach Meaghan Colville said. "I didn't really know how much she would be able to play, so it was a surprise for her to play this well. I'm really excited about her achievements and very proud of her.

"She handled her nerves very well in her first state experience. She was patient and consistent and played smart. She was playing an opponent that was better than her on that day. But it was a good opportunity for her."

Meyer finished third at district, losing to UA's Olivia Kompa 6-1, 6-2 in a semifinal before beating New Albany's Alex Cash 6-2, 6-4 in the third-place match.