LIMA — The first day of the Western Buckeye League tennis tournament is in the books and, as a result, Saturday looks to be a very interesting day.
Regular season champion Shawnee (9-0 WBL) and second-place St. Marys (8-1) each went unbeaten at the University of Northwest Ohio. As a result, each had players reach Saturday’s semifinals in every singles and doubles division.
“As long as we win our matches, we just have to wait until Saturday and see how it is resolved.” Shawnee coach Nate Higgins said. “We had to wait to play (Thursday) because of the seedings, and it is hard to just sit and wait. We were a younger team this year so we are pleased with the regular season results.”
Shawnee winners included number one singles player Alotus Lei, who advanced when her opponent was forced to withdraw from their match with an injury. In second singles, Aria Patel claimed a 6-3, 6-2 win against Ashley Watkins of Elida. The Indians’ Kunmi Ojo took a 6-0, 6-0 match against Ali Morrow of Van Wert in third singles.
The Indians number one doubles team of Sanjana Rajasekaran and Katie Clark advanced with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Chelsea Padroski and Addie Schmiedebusch of Ottawa-Glandorf. The Shawnee second doubles team of Marley Evans and Ella Atkinson moved into semifinal action with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Grace Kline and Arianna Adkins of Van Wert.
“We got good seeds so we had byes in the first round,” St. Marys coach Mariah Krugh said. “The mind set is just to win and move on.”
Roughrider winners included Claire Caywood at number one singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Grace Gabes of Celina. Number two singles player Jillian Wine advanced with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win against Charis Barnes of Bath, while Jennifer Brown at number three singles moved on with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Annie Sayoto of Elida.
The St. Marys number one doubles team of Kara Danaher and Allison Vanderhorst moved on with a 6-4, 6-0 win against Shaelyn Hughes and Audree Thompson from Defiance. The Roughriders number two doubles team of Grace Dicke and Bailey Lininger reached the semis with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Kerri Ellerbrock and Alysha Verhoff from Ottawa-Glandorf.
Bath had two individuals advance to the semifinals with Esther Bolon taking a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win against Mykaela Schriber of Kenton. Ruby Bolon moved on with her 6-0, 6-3 win against Lindsey Schneeg of Ottawa-Glandorf.
“We had our highs and our lows, our up and downs,” Bath coach Sandy Dackin said. “Overall, though, it was pretty good.”
With Shawnee claiming the regular season championship in a battle with St. Marys, the overall title will be decided Saturday with points being awarded on the basis of 12 for first place, 10 points for second place, 8 points for third and 6 points for fourth. Back draw points are awarded for fifth place (4 points), sixth place (3), seventh place (2) and eighth place (1 point).
“The weather was perfect and it went really well,” tournament manager Quinn Whittaker said. “It ran smoothly and most of the players played to their seedings.”
Action will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday at UNOH.
Mike Purdy can be reached at 567-242-0451.