LIMA – Third time’s a charm for Ohio Northern University junior tennis player Mackenzie Wills.
This weekend marked the third consecutive year Wills has made it to the championship match of the Lima Area Tennis Association’s City Singles Tennis Tournament.
However, winning the title has eluded Wills the previous two years.
The city title is finally hers.
Wills defeated Wapakoneta senior Madison Schroeder in Sunday’s championship match 6-1, 6-0 to claim the women’s title at the University of Northwestern Ohio’s tennis courts.
“It’s a good feeling to win the finals match – with being in the finals three years in a row,” Wills said. “It was a good match. So, it didn’t come easy.”
Schroeder had to play her semifinal Sunday morning, in order to advance. Schroeder defeated MyKaela Schriber 6-2, 6-1 in a semifinal.
“I wasn’t really expecting to get this far, but I wanted to,” Schroeder said. “I think my ‘want’ really pushed through.”
This past season at Wapakoneta, Schroeder finished third in the Western Buckeye League in singles, and then teamed up later with her sister MaKayla Schroeder to play doubles. The two sisters were district qualifiers.
In the men’s championship match, former Lima Central Catholic and University of Findlay standout John Kidd, made easy work of former Shawnee standout Isaac Hanover, winning 6-1, 6-1.
Sunday marks Kidd’s third City Singles title.
“It’s always fun to come back and play the Lima City Tournament,” Kidd said. “Playing four years in a row and winning it twice – losing twice to Jeff (Brown, three-time City Singles champion). Then, I played a couple tournaments last year that went the same day as the City tournament did. So, I was happy to come back and play in the Lima tournament.”
In high school, Kidd was a two-time state runner-up in doubles, with teammate Alex Swick. He went on to have a stellar tennis career at the University of Findlay, where he graduated in 2016.
Hanover had a hard-fought semifinal match Sunday morning against his former teammate at Shawnee, Jackson Schaaf. Hanover slipped out with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Schaaf to advance to the title match.
“I had one right before it with my friend Jackson, who also graduated from Shawnee,” Hanover said. “He’s the type of player who will play consistent and make you run. So, I was a little winded from that. And honestly, I was a little scared coming into this last match (against Kidd), just because I’ve seen John play before. I know he’s really good. I know he has a lot of titles under his belt. So, I figured I would go out there, play my game and give it all I had.”
Hanover teamed up with Michael Rutter the past two spring seasons at Shawnee and played doubles in the Division II state tournament.
Hanover is headed to Dartmouth College this fall, where he will major in bio-medical engineering.
In Sunday’s men’s consolation draw final, Jeff Adkins defeated Kumar Bansal 6-1, 6-2. In the women’s consolation draw final, Barbie Prince defeated Madison Snider 6-0, 6-0.