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Norwalk tennis advances five to Div. II district

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Oct 6, 2019 at 1:05 AM

PORT CLINTON — Five individuals on a pair of doubles teams and one in singles competition will represent the Norwalk girls tennis team at the Division II district held at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday.

The doubles team of Megan Berry and Gabby Horowitz won the doubles bracket at the Port Clinton sectional on Saturday and will be one of the top seeds at the district.

On Thursday, Berry and Horowitz opened with a win over Fremont St. Joseph (6-0, 6-1) and St. Mary Central Catholic (6-0, 6-0). On Saturday, the duo beat Clyde’s Nathalie Cziesla and Emma Strudthoff in the semifinals (6-2, 6-0), then drew teammates Mara Berry and Alexa Moore in the finals, and won by scores of 7-5 and 6-1.

Berry and Moore opened with a sweep over Toledo Scott (6-0, 6-0) and dropped one game to Bellevue’s Ella Little and Perla Monreal (6-1, 6-0). They topped Perkins’ Ryleigh Keller and Abriye Skelton in the semifinals (6-2, 6-1).

In singles competition, Emma Trost earned the fourth and final advancing spot for the Truckers. She opened with a sweep over Bailey Garrett (6-0, 6-0) then outlasted SMCC’s Sara Bias (4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1). In the semifinals, she fell to Perkins’ Emma Lynch (6-1, 6-1), then fell to Bellevue’s Rayven Whyde in the third-place match (1-6, 6-3, 6-0).


Willard duo wins sectional

SHELBY — Willard's Whitney Robinson and Kennedy Daub won the doubles bracket at the Div. II Shelby sectional on Saturday, also by beating a pair of teammates in the finals.

Robinson and Daub opened with a win over Galion, then topped teammates Becca Slone and Kalli Sowers in the title match. Slone and Sowers defeated Edison's Kaylee Ries and Torri Keyser in the other semifinal. Ries and Keyser then defeated the team from Galion to place third.

In singles competition, Edison's Jayla Medina fell in the finals to Lexington standout Gracie Pfieffer. Medina defeated Willard's Addy Paxton in the semifinals. Paxton fell to Ontario's Lizzie Burson in the third-place match to finish fourth.

The five from Willard and three from Edison will also play in the Div. II district at BGSU on Wednesday.



Willard sweeps tri-match

WELLINGTON — The Willard volleyball team improved to 13-7 with wins over host Wellington and Western Reserve on Saturday.

The Flashes beat the Dukes (25-19, 25-15) and Roughriders (25-19, 25-23) in two games each.

Against the host Dukes, Cassie Crawford had 12 kills, while Chloe Weaver had 25 assists and Haylie Hamons had 10 digs. Mckenna Stephens was 11 for 12 serving with an ace and six kills, and Lauren Chaffins was 12 for 12 serving with four aces.

In the win over Western, Stephens had 11 kills, while Weaver had 20 assists and Hamons added 12 digs. Alyse Cok was 11 for 12 serving with two aces and four kills, while Crawford was 9 for 10 serving with an ace and six kills.

“Overall, it was not one of our better performances, but we did play well in spurts,” Willard coach Ashley Bond said. “We will need to clean up several areas of our play … right now it is all about getting better each game.”

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