LIMA — For some siblings, being competitive just comes natural.
For two sets of siblings, the competitiveness will be at a whole different level at this week’s Lima Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament at the Collett Street Courts.
Former Lima Central Catholic standouts Ashley and Alex Swick teamed up Tuesday in the first round of the tournament to defeat Kory Enneking and Maggie Fett from Bluffton, 6-0, 6-0.
Also from LCC, the brother-sister duo of John and Elizabeth Kidd ousted Ruthvik Avvari and Kaitlin Snider 6-0, 6-4 in their first match of the tournament.
The Swicks will take on Roy Gillespie and Chelsea Myers in a semifinal today. Gillespie and Myers won their first match on Tuesday, defeating Kaylee Davis and Eddie Adkins in a hard-fought match, 2-6, 6-2(7).
The Kidds will do battle with Terry Hilborn and Emily Sprague in another semifinal. Hilborn and Sprague defeated Mike Clock and Kassie Schroeder in a quarterfinal, 6-4, 7-5.
Tuesday’s action included four matches in the under-50 age bracket. There will be a 50-and-over bracket starting play today. There will be champions named for both age brackets.
For the Swicks, teaming up on the tennis court isn’t anything new.
“I play doubles all the time and it’s a family affair,” Alex said. “Ashley is always out there playing with us. So this is nothing new.”
Alex just graduated from LCC, where he competed in the state tournament all four years. Ashley recently graduated from Boston University and will be heading off to law school this fall. She also was a standout on the tennis courts in high school.
“This is our second year (in the City Tournament) because we floated around with different partners for awhile,” Ashley said. “I wasn’t here last year. But, the year before, Alex and I played together.”
John Kidd is fresh off winning the Lima City Singles title on June 29. Kidd is a sophomore at the University of Findlay, where he plays on the tennis team.
“This is just our second one (City tournament with his sister),” John said. “We played in the City last year. We lost in the first round in three sets. …Then we won the consolation. But, otherwise, it’s our second one. We like to just go out there and hit. We’re in this to have fun, but deep down, we want to win.”
Elizabeth is a senior at LCC, where she plays first doubles. She looks forward to any opportunity she gets to play tennis with her brother.
“We kind of talked about it (playing in the City Tournament). We played together last year. I always like playing tennis with him,” she said.
John Kidd and Alex Swick teamed up in high school and played in the state tournament twice, where they finished runners-up both times.
If both sets of siblings win today, then the finals would be an LCC reunion of sorts.
“We’ll take it one match at a time,” John said. “But, it would be pretty neat — brother and sister, against brother and sister.”
Elizabeth and John Kidd