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Area tennis teams shutout at Division II district

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 9, 2019 at 7:39 PM

BOWLING GREEN — A pair of doubles teams from Norwalk earned second team Northwest District honors on Wednesday at the Division II district championships held at Bowling Green State University.

The doubles teams of Megan Berry and Gabby Horowitz, along with Mara Berry and Alexa Moore, were each able to win opening round matches. However, playing in the quarterfinals, each team fell in straight sets.

Berry and Horowitz opened with a win over Galion’s Elli Chandler and Katie Baughn (6-0, 7-5). They then lost to the Ottawa Hills team of Priya Bhatt and Abbie Westmyer (6-3, 7-5).

Mara Berry and Moore defeated Edison’s Kaylee Ries and Torri Keyser in a three-set match (6-3, 2-6, 6-4). Facing Toledo Central Catholic’s Bella and Lucia Spinazze, the duo fell by scores of 6-2, 6-1.

Willard also had a pair of doubles teams win a match to earn second-team district.

Kennedy Daub and Whitney Robinson beat Perkins’ Ryleigh Keller and Abriye Skelton in two sets (7-5, 6-1). They lost in the quarterfinals to Lima Shawnee’s Katie Clark and Alotus Wei (6-2, 6-4).

Becca Slone and Kalli Sowers opened with a win over Clyde’s Averie Fritz and Emma Strudthoff (6-4, 6-3), before falling (6-1, 6-2) to Lima Bath’s Ruby and Esther Bolon.

In singles competition, Norwalk junior Emma Trost lost her opening round match to Lima Shawnee’s Kunmi Ojo (6-1, 6-0).

Also in singles, Edison’s Jayla Medina fell in two competitive sets to Napoleon’s Aliza Lankenau (6-3, 6-3). Willard’s Addie Paxton fell to Toledo Central Catholic’s Ava McQuillin (6-0, 6-1), and Bellevue’s Rayven Whyde lost to Lima Shawnee’s Aria Patel (6-0, 6-0).

“So many great accomplishments for our program this season,” Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said of his team, which won its host doubles tournament, along with Willard’s doubles tournament and the outright SBC Lake Division title. “Emma knew coming into the day that her opponent from Shawnee was going to be very tough. Emma managed to lengthen out a lot of points, but really was outmatched in the end. Alexa and Mara’s match versus Toledo Central Catholic saw a lot of games went to deuce, but it was not enough.

“Coming into the day, we felt that Gabby and Megan would have to go through Ottawa Hills to qualify for state,” he added. “It turned out to be a great match between two teams that were pretty even. Unfortunately, Megan and Gabby were never able to grab and maintain a lead in either set. Our three seniors, Megan, Gabby, and Mara will be missed greatly. While the season ends at the district level, all the players, coaches, and parents involved with this year's team should be very proud.”

With her first round match today, Mara Berry also earned her 34th varsity win this season. That is the most in any single season for either boys or girls in Norwalk program history.



Willard 3, Oak Harbor 0

OAK HARBOR — The Crimson Flashes swept past the host Rockets for an SBC Bay Division win on Tuesday, winning by scores of 26-24, 25-22, 25-14.

Cassie Crawford was 42-of-43 hitting with 21 kills and 15 digs for Willard. Mckenna Stephens had 16 kills and was 18 for 20 serving with two aces, while Alyse Cok added seven kills and Lauren Chaffins had four.

Also for the Flashes, Chloe Weaver had 34 assists and 12 digs, while Maraya Polachek and Haylie Hamons each had 16 digs.

Willard (14-7, 8-1) plays for a share of the SBC Bay Division championship tonight at home against Div. III No. 3-ranked Huron (16-4, 9-0). A win by Willard forces a co-title between the two.

Willard also won the junior varsity match, 25-15, 25-15. The JV Flashes only missed three serves (44 for 47) in the match.

Summer Kennard was 13 for 13 serving with three aces, while Grace Hall, Addie Stephens and Grace Rothhaar each had four kills. Syana Sivongsak had 10 digs, while Hall had nine and Robinson had five.

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