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Girls tennis: Top-seeded Westlake doubles team leads area district qualifiers

 Westlake's Sneha Ramachandran moves to return a ball during her match in Oberlin against Maddie Messina of Bay Village. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Westlake’s Sneha Ramachandran moves to return a ball during her match in Oberlin against Maddie Messina of Bay Village. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Thanks to a couple of singles players who reached the state’s limit of three matches Wednesday during the first day of the Division I girls sectional tennis tournament at Oberlin College, the quarterfinals won’t be played until Thursday.

However, six area girls advanced to the quarters after three rounds, ensuring three area singles district qualifiers.

The doubles bracket was able to complete its quarterfinal round and two area teams — top-seeded Julia Dunbar and Lyndsey Golick of Westlake and fourth-seeded Annie DeLuca and Riley Monroe of Avon — made the final four.

Dunbar and Golick will play DeLuca and Monroe today in the semifinal round, but both teams have punched their tickets to next week’s district, also at Oberlin College.

Dunbar, a senior, spent the season as Westlake’s first singles player, while Golick, a sophomore, went back-and-forth from third singles to first doubles. Both became multiple-time district qualifiers with their 6-4, 6-1 quarterfinal win over Magnificat’s Miranda Faranacci-Hayley Lawless.

“It’s really exciting to be going back to districts again, especially being my senior year,” said Dunbar, who qualified for the fourth time. “This is my last year of high school tennis, and I don’t want to just settle for districts. State is our ultimate goal again, and I think we’re both really excited to accomplish this first step.”

Though Dunbar and Golick played only one regular-season match together, but they lacked chemistry, they didn’t show it in a 6-0, 6-0 second-round win over Valley Forge’s Samantha Newston and Jacquelin Kacsmarik and a 6-1, 6-0 third-round win over Lakewood’s Kendall King and Christina Nelson.

“We’ve known each other for at least seven years,” Golick said. “This is our first time playing together, but we’ve always known each other and practiced together for a long time.”

DeLuca made her second straight district doubles berth along with her regular first doubles partner, Monroe. The seniors qualified with back-to-back three-set victories, the latter of which was a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 quarterfinal win over St. Joseph Academy’s Melissa Waltos and Brooke Kahl.

Monroe is making her first trip to districts, making it three straight years Avon has qualified someone.

“We have a great team,” Monroe said. “We’re a great team together, and I was hoping we’d go and I’m glad we are. We know how to pick each other up out there on the court and our styles go well together.”

Three Eagles singles players — Rini, senior Halle Mentler and sophomore Madison Nakon — still have a chance to join them at districts. All three advanced to today’s quarterfinal round, needing one win apiece to keep their district hopes alive.

Mentler and Nakon, who won singles titles at the West Shore Conference Tournament last weekend, each went 3-0 Wednesday, while Rini went 2-0.

Mentler kept up an impressive streak of 6-0, 6-0 victories which started at the WSC Tournament through her first two matches before defeating Midview senior Rachel Pickering 6-2, 6-0 in the third round.

Nakon only lost one game in her three matches, staying alive with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Avon Lake’s Rachel Johnson.

Rini, who had a first-round bye, is hoping to make her second straight trip to districts on her own, advancing to the quarterfinals with two 6-0, 6-0 wins.

“It’s different this time around since I’m relying on myself and not a partner,” Rini said. “During the offseason, I’ve gotten a lot better. I’ve been working my shots and I think I’ve improved a lot from last year to this year.”

All three Eagles will face seeded players when play resumes today at 1:30 p.m. Mentler will take on three-time state qualifier and top-seeded Emily Witt from Magnificat; Nakon will meet second-seeded Lauren O’Malley of Magnificat; and Rini will renew acquaintances with Avon Lake senior and third-seed Erin Hrivnak.

Witt, a Grafton resident, made quick work of her two opponents, setting up a quarterfinal rematch with Mentler. She defeated Amherst’s Reaghn Franta 6-1, 6-0 in the third round.

“So far, so good,” Witt said. “I feel good. As long as I play my game and be aggressive, I think I’ll be OK. I had never played either of my opponents, so it was good to see a different style of play.”

O’Malley, a two-time district qualifier and Westlake resident, is aiming for her third straight trip after two dominating victories.

Hrivnak, who qualified to districts as a freshman, picked up two 6-0, 6-0 wins to set up a rematch with Rini. Hrivnak won her second straight Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association first singles crown with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Rini.

Contact Dan Gilles at 329-7135 or dangilles73@gmail.com.

SINGLES: Quarterfinal pairings — Emily Witt (Magnificat) vs. Halle Mentler (Avon); Katy Quillin (Bay) vs. Isa Quinones (Rocky River); Erin Hrivnak (Avon Lake) vs. Madisyn Rini (Avon); Lauren O’Malley (Magnificat) vs. Madison Nakon (Avon). Semifinal pairings — Witt-Mentler winner vs. Quillin-Quinones winner; Hrivnak-Rini winner vs. O’Malley-Nakon winner. Championship — Witt-Mentler-Quillin-Quinones winner vs. Hrivnak-Rini-O’Malley-Nakon winner. Third-place — Witt-Mentler-Quillin-Quinones loser vs. Hrivnak-Rini-O’Malley-Nakon loser.

DOUBLES: Semifinal pairings —Lindsey Golick-Julia Dunbar (Westlake) vs. Annie DeLuca-Riley Monroe (Avon); Alex Riegelsberger-Lucy Grierson (Rocky River) vs. Tess Morgan-Caitlin Harvey (Magnificat). Championship — Westlake-Avon winner vs. Rocky River-Magnificat winner. Third-place — Westlake-Avon loser vs. Rocky River-Magnificat loser.

WEDNESDAY’S AREA RESULTS
SINGLES
First round: Reaghn Franta (Amherst) def. Olivia Antonescu (North Olmsted), 6-0, 6-1; Halle Mentler (Avon) def. Courtney Sesock-Green (Elyria), 6-0, 6-0; Amanda Miller (Padua) def. Tabitha McCloskey (North Ridgeville), 6-3, 6-0; Sarah Stark (Olmsted Falls) def. Shannon Wood (Lakewood), 6-2, 6-3; Leah Choban (Westlake) def. Elizabeth Zito (Valley Forge), 6-0, 6-0; Miranda Manimbo (Magnificat) def. Alexis Krieg (Avon Lake), 6-3, 6-4; Natalie Keron (Amherst) def. Delaney Sherman (North Olmsted), 6-0, 6-2; Taylor Bartone (Midview) def. Paige Bennett (Olmsted Falls), 6-0,
6-3; Amelia Williams (Elyria) def. May Ebner (Lakewood), 6-3, 5-7, 6-3; Stefanie Gipson (Midview) def. Matondo Lucia-Ngemba (John Marshall), 6-2,
6-1; Sarah Souders (Amherst) def. Tayler Wishner (North Ridgeville), 6-4, 6-1; Sneha Ramachandran (Westlake) def. Maddie Messina (Bay), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6); Kari Wonder (Elyria) def. Kashle Rivera (John Marshall), 6-1, 6-1; Taylor Shaw (Lakewood) def. Morgan Scholz (North Olmsted), 6-1, 6-1; Erin Tanker (Westlake) def. Alexandria Kugler (Valley Forge), 6-2, 6-3; Madison Nakon (Avon) def. Colleen Fitzgerald (St. Joseph Academy), 6-1, 6-0; Rachel Johnson (Avon Lake) def. Monique Michalski (North Ridgeville), 6-0, 6-1.

Second Round: Emily Witt (Magnificat) def. Allison Saracina (St. Joseph Academy), 6-0, 6-0; Franta def. Darija Kulyk (Normandy), 6-4, 7-6 (7-1); Mentler def. Miller, 6-0, 6-0; Rachel Pickering (Midview) def. Stark, 6-0, 6-0; Katy Quillin (Bay) def. Choban, 6-0, 6-1; Keron def. Lea Breedlove (Parma), 6-0, 6-1; Isa Quinones (Rocky River) def. Bartone, 6-0, 6-1; Erin Hrivnak (Avon Lake) def. Williams, 6-0, 6-0; Grace Powers (St. Joseph Academy) def. Gipson, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1; Samantha Marflak (Normandy) def. Souders, 6-4, 0-6, 6-1; Madisyn Rini (Avon) def. Ramachandran,
6-0, 6-0; Lauren O’Malley (Magnificat) def. Wonder,
6-1, 6-1; Nakon def. Tanker, 6-0, 6-0; Johnson def. Mallory Bridle (Olmsted Falls), 6-1, 6-1.

Third Round: Witt def. Franta, 6-1, 6-0; Mentler def. Pickering, 6-2, 6-0; Quillin def. Manimbo, 0-6, 6-1,
6-0; Quinones def. Keron, 6-1, 6-3; Hrivnak def. Powers, 6-0, 6-0; Rini def. Marflak, 6-0, 6-0; O’Malley def. Shaw, 6-1, 6-1; Nakon def. Johnson, 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES
First Round: Samantha Newston-Jacquelin Kacsmarik (Valley Forge) def. Maisy Breese-Heather Ward (Elyria), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3); Laura Schmitz-Lindsay Roberts (Avon) def. Christine Santa Barbara-Carolyn Wagner (Normandy), 6-1, 6-1.

Second Round: Lindsey Golick-Julia Dunbar (Westlake) def. Newston-Kacsmarik, 6-0, 6-0; Kendall King-Christina Nelson (Lakewood) def. Jennifer Bertrand-Morgan Ashton (Olmsted Falls), 3-6, 6-1, 6-3; Adrienne Copa-Sydney Bowen (Rocky River) def. Elizabeth McDermott-Jordan Lander (Amherst), 6-0, 6-2; Miranda Faranacci-Hayley Lawless (Magnificat) def. Amanda Hoffman-Lauren Sabo (Avon Lake), 6-1, 6-2; Melissa Waltos-Brooke Kahl (St. Joseph Academy) def. Megan O’Neill-Kaitlyn Heck (North Ridgeville), 6-0, 6-0; Rachel Moell-Asimina Diamantis (North Olmsted) def. Payal Patel-Taylor Kenyon (Midview), 6-1, 6-1; Annie DeLuca-Riley Monroe (Avon) def. Abby Stieber-Abby Hipwell (Parma), 6-2, 6-2; Hanna Sedlak-Cassidy Hogue (Midview) def. Kalynn Bell-Deeanna Kovall (John Marshall), 6-0, 6-0; Elizabeth Sturges-Macy Szucs (Amherst) def. Michelle Bertrand-Paige Bokman (Olmsted Falls), 6-2, 6-0; Amy Ritschel-Erin Hoffert (Lakewood) def. Kylee Loebick-Maya Wanner (Avon Lake), 6-2, 6-2; Elizabeth Knauss-Ravneet Kaur (Parma) def. Mia Slone-Carol Yun (North Ridgeville), 6-0, 6-2; Rachael Poretsky-Haley Hansen (Bay) def. Kelly Luck-Kayla Conway (North Olmsted), 6-0, 6-1; Paavani Reddy-Gwynn Kelleher (Westlake) def. Sidney Reubensaal-Emily Rouse (St. Joseph Academy), 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4); Tess Morgan-Caitlin Harvey (Magnificat) def. Schmitz-Roberts, 6-1, 6-2.

Third Round: Golick-Dunbar def. King-Nelson, 6-1, 6-0; Waltos-Kahl def. Moell-Diamantis, 6-1, 6-1; DeLuca-Monroe def. Lauren Kapes-Campbell Priemer (Bay), 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; Alex Riegelsberger-Lucy Grierson (Rocky River) def. Sedlak-Hogue, 6-0, 6-1; Sturges-Szucs def. Ritschel-Hoffert, 7-5, 6-3; Morgan-Harvey def. Reddy-Kelleher, 6-3, 6-2.

Quarterfinals: Golick-Dunbar def. Faranacci-Lawless, 6-4, 6-1; DeLuca-Monroe def. Waltos-Kahl, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Riegelsberger-Grierson def. Szucs-Sturges, 6-2, 6-2; Morgan-Harvey def. Poretsky-Hansen, 6-0, 6-2.