Girls tennis: Shawnee sweeps tourney, wins WBL championship


By Jim Metcalfe - sports@limanews.com



Shawnee’s Alotus Wei hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Wei won the third singles championship.

Shawnee’s Alotus Wei hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Wei won the third singles championship.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Arial Patel focuses as she gets ready to hit a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Patel won the first singles title. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Arial Patel focuses as she gets ready to hit a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Patel won the first singles title. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Katie Clark hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament Saturday at UNOH. Clark and partner Sanjana Rajasenkaran won the first doubles championship.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Kunmi Ojo stretches out to hit a backhand during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Ojo won the second singles championship.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Bath’s Ruby Bolon gets ready to make a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Bolon finished runner-up in second singles.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Wapakoneta’s Madison Snider gets ready to make a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Snider finished fourth in second singles.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Emma Schmiedebusch stretches out to return a shot during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Schmiedebusch finished fifth in second singles.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Results

WBL Tournament

At UNOH

Final Standings: 1. Shawnee, 2. Wapakoneta, 3. St. Marys, 4. Ottawa-Glandorf, 5. Bath, 6. Kenton, 6. Van Wert, 8. Defiance, 9. Celina, 10. Elida

Tournament Standings: 1. Shawnee, 2. Wapakoneta, 3. St. Marys, 4. Bath, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf, 6. Defiance, 7. Kenton, 7. Van Wert, 9. Celina, 10. Elida

Regular Season Standings: 1. Shawnee (9-0), 2. St. Marys (8-1), 3. Wapakoneta (7-2), 4. Ottawa-Glandorf (6-3), 5. Van Wert (4-5), 5. Kenton (4-5), 7. Defiance (3-6), 7. Bath (3-6), 9. Celina 1-8, 10. Elida (0-9)

First Singles

Semifinals

Esther Bolon (B) def. Clare Caywood (SM) 6-3, 6-2

Aria Patel (S) def. Mykaela Schriber (K) 6-0, 6-1

Final

Aria Patel (S) def. Esther Bolon (B) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Third Place

Clare Caywood (SM) def. Mykaela Schriber (K) 6-1, 6-2

Fifth Place

Madison Schroeder (W) def. Maria Resendez (D) 8-4

Seventh Place

Sierra Zuercher (C) def. Mariah Schroder (O-G) 8-6

Second Singles

Semifinals

Ruby Bolon (B) def. Madison Snider (W) 6-1, 6-1

Kunmi Ojo (S) def. Allie Vanderhorst (SM) 2-6, 6-0, 6-2

Final

Kunmi Ojo (S) def. Ruby Bolon (B) 6-1, 6-2

Third Place

Allie Vanderhorst (SM) def. Madison Snider (W) 6-4, 6-0

Fifth Place

Addy Schmiedebusch (O-G) def. Kelsey Flowers (K) 8-1

Seventh Place

Allie Etter (VW) def. Kaylin Avers (C) 8-2

Third Singles

Semifinals

Alotus Wei (S) def. Brianna Shank (D) 6-0, 6-1

Ellie Schroer (W) def. Emma Schmiedebusch (O-G) 6-4, 7-5

Final

Alotus Wei (S) def. Ellie Schroer (W) 6-1, 6-0

Third Place

Brianna Shank (D) def. Emma Schmiedebusch (O-G) 6-2, 6-2

Fifth Place

Fayme Ghandi (B) def. Elizabeth Sutton (M) 8-4

Seventh Place

Amy Hartings (C) def. Emma Rutkowski (VW) 8-5

First Doubles

Semifinals

Sanjana Rajasekaren/Katie Clark (S) def. Olivia Kline/Paige Moonshower (VW) 6-0, 6-3

Casey Minnig/Alyssa Good (W) def. Kara Danaher/Lydia Dabis (SM) 7-6 (1), 6-1

Final

Sanjana Rajasekaren/Katie Clark (S) def. Casey Minnig/Alyssa Good (W) 6-1, 6-1

Third Place

Kara Danaher/Lydia Dabis (SM) def. Olivia Kline/Paige Moonshower (VW) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (9-7)

Fifth Place

Abigail Hartshorn/Elizabeth Heintz (K) def. Chelsea Padroski/Lindsey Schneeg (O-G) 9-7

Seventh Place

Camilla Rodriguez/Alexa McNett (D) def. Regan Canter/Emily McNett (B) 8-2

Second Doubles

Ella Atkinson/Lade Onamusi (S) def. Makenzie Schroeder/Mara Stiles (W) 6-2, 6-0

Kerri Ellerbrock/Alysha Verhoff (O-G) def. Jada Buckner/Elizabeth Rutkowski (VW) 7-5, 6-2

Final

Ella Atkinson/Lade Onamusi (S) def. Kerri Ellerbrock/Alysha Verhoff (O-G) 7-6 (3), 6-2

Third Place

Makenzie Schroeder/Mara Stiles (W) def. Jada Buckner/Elizabeth Rutkowski (VW) 6-1, 6-1

Fifth Place

Yoselin Ruiz/Chloe Wetstein (D) def. Kirsten Schnelle/Jenna Hawkey (SM) 9-7

Seventh Place

Abigail Oberlitner/Kayce Sherman (K) def. Emily Wood/Chloe Reiman (B) 8-6

LIMA – Shawnee’s girls tennis team might have been the odds-on favorite to take the Western Buckeye League team tournament title after sweeping through the league race during the regular season.

However, head coach Nate Higgins didn’t count his chickens before they were hatched.

“I knew we were capable of winning it but until you go out there and win the matches, you don’t know,” Higgins said. “I knew as the day went on today, we’d be facing some stiffer challenges against good opponents.

Higgins’ players delivered, winning all three singles and both doubles titles Saturday at UNOH.

“We’ve built up a lot of expectations over the years in our program here. This is my third season as the head coach and we have a group of girls that just work so hard in the off-season and during the season. After a match, it’s not uncommon for them to ask if they can go back out and play and I tell them yes. They just enjoy playing this game.

“What also helps is that they are self-driven and there is a friendly rivalry between them. I have to remind them on occasion that they are teammates; they just want to win so badly, no matter who they are playing.”

The toughest match in the finals Saturday was at first singles when Shawnee’s Aria Patel outdueled Bath’s Esther Bolon 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“After she lost the first set, I just told her to regain her loose focus. We started to use that as a stress mid-season,” Higgins said. “You have to stay relaxed and yet stay focused; that’s a fine line and it can be tough to do but that is what we remind them of. They just have to keep playing the game of tennis the way I know they can play; they know how to play this game and they just need to be reminded of that on occasion.”

At second singles, Kunmi Ojo got revenge for a regular-season loss by sweeping Bath’s Ruby Bolon 6-1, 6-2.

“That was one we were concerned about because Kunmi lost to her in three sets in the regular season but the way she played today and how it ended up being was special. Ruby is a fine player and for Kunmi to beat her like that was a bit shocking,” Higgins said.

At third singles, Alotas Wei handled Wapakoneta’s Ellie Schroer 6-1, 6-0.

At first doubles, Sanjana Rajasenkaran and Katie Clark knocked off Casey Minnig and Alyssa Good of Wapakoneta 6-1, 6-1 and at second doubles, Ella Atkinson and Ladi Onamusi bested Ottawa-Glandorf’s Kerri Ellerbrock and Alysha Verhoff 7-6 (3), 6-2.

“The last two seasons, we were a young team but we were working hard and developing our game,” Higgins said. “They push each other hard to become the best players they can be and that carries to the junior varsity.”

Shawnee’s Alotus Wei hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Wei won the third singles championship.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_wei3.jpgShawnee’s Alotus Wei hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Wei won the third singles championship. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Arial Patel focuses as she gets ready to hit a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Patel won the first singles title. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Patel4a.jpgShawnee’s Arial Patel focuses as she gets ready to hit a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Patel won the first singles title. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Katie Clark hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament Saturday at UNOH. Clark and partner Sanjana Rajasenkaran won the first doubles championship.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Clark.jpgShawnee’s Katie Clark hits a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament Saturday at UNOH. Clark and partner Sanjana Rajasenkaran won the first doubles championship. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Kunmi Ojo stretches out to hit a backhand during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Ojo won the second singles championship.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_OJO2.jpgShawnee’s Kunmi Ojo stretches out to hit a backhand during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Ojo won the second singles championship. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Bath’s Ruby Bolon gets ready to make a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Bolon finished runner-up in second singles.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_BolonR.jpgBath’s Ruby Bolon gets ready to make a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Bolon finished runner-up in second singles. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Wapakoneta’s Madison Snider gets ready to make a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Snider finished fourth in second singles.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Snider.jpgWapakoneta’s Madison Snider gets ready to make a return during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Snider finished fourth in second singles. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Emma Schmiedebusch stretches out to return a shot during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Schmiedebusch finished fifth in second singles.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_Schmiedebusch1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Emma Schmiedebusch stretches out to return a shot during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at UNOH. Schmiedebusch finished fifth in second singles. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

By Jim Metcalfe

sports@limanews.com

Results

WBL Tournament

At UNOH

Final Standings: 1. Shawnee, 2. Wapakoneta, 3. St. Marys, 4. Ottawa-Glandorf, 5. Bath, 6. Kenton, 6. Van Wert, 8. Defiance, 9. Celina, 10. Elida

Tournament Standings: 1. Shawnee, 2. Wapakoneta, 3. St. Marys, 4. Bath, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf, 6. Defiance, 7. Kenton, 7. Van Wert, 9. Celina, 10. Elida

Regular Season Standings: 1. Shawnee (9-0), 2. St. Marys (8-1), 3. Wapakoneta (7-2), 4. Ottawa-Glandorf (6-3), 5. Van Wert (4-5), 5. Kenton (4-5), 7. Defiance (3-6), 7. Bath (3-6), 9. Celina 1-8, 10. Elida (0-9)

First Singles

Semifinals

Esther Bolon (B) def. Clare Caywood (SM) 6-3, 6-2

Aria Patel (S) def. Mykaela Schriber (K) 6-0, 6-1

Final

Aria Patel (S) def. Esther Bolon (B) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Third Place

Clare Caywood (SM) def. Mykaela Schriber (K) 6-1, 6-2

Fifth Place

Madison Schroeder (W) def. Maria Resendez (D) 8-4

Seventh Place

Sierra Zuercher (C) def. Mariah Schroder (O-G) 8-6

Second Singles

Semifinals

Ruby Bolon (B) def. Madison Snider (W) 6-1, 6-1

Kunmi Ojo (S) def. Allie Vanderhorst (SM) 2-6, 6-0, 6-2

Final

Kunmi Ojo (S) def. Ruby Bolon (B) 6-1, 6-2

Third Place

Allie Vanderhorst (SM) def. Madison Snider (W) 6-4, 6-0

Fifth Place

Addy Schmiedebusch (O-G) def. Kelsey Flowers (K) 8-1

Seventh Place

Allie Etter (VW) def. Kaylin Avers (C) 8-2

Third Singles

Semifinals

Alotus Wei (S) def. Brianna Shank (D) 6-0, 6-1

Ellie Schroer (W) def. Emma Schmiedebusch (O-G) 6-4, 7-5

Final

Alotus Wei (S) def. Ellie Schroer (W) 6-1, 6-0

Third Place

Brianna Shank (D) def. Emma Schmiedebusch (O-G) 6-2, 6-2

Fifth Place

Fayme Ghandi (B) def. Elizabeth Sutton (M) 8-4

Seventh Place

Amy Hartings (C) def. Emma Rutkowski (VW) 8-5

First Doubles

Semifinals

Sanjana Rajasekaren/Katie Clark (S) def. Olivia Kline/Paige Moonshower (VW) 6-0, 6-3

Casey Minnig/Alyssa Good (W) def. Kara Danaher/Lydia Dabis (SM) 7-6 (1), 6-1

Final

Sanjana Rajasekaren/Katie Clark (S) def. Casey Minnig/Alyssa Good (W) 6-1, 6-1

Third Place

Kara Danaher/Lydia Dabis (SM) def. Olivia Kline/Paige Moonshower (VW) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (9-7)

Fifth Place

Abigail Hartshorn/Elizabeth Heintz (K) def. Chelsea Padroski/Lindsey Schneeg (O-G) 9-7

Seventh Place

Camilla Rodriguez/Alexa McNett (D) def. Regan Canter/Emily McNett (B) 8-2

Second Doubles

Ella Atkinson/Lade Onamusi (S) def. Makenzie Schroeder/Mara Stiles (W) 6-2, 6-0

Kerri Ellerbrock/Alysha Verhoff (O-G) def. Jada Buckner/Elizabeth Rutkowski (VW) 7-5, 6-2

Final

Ella Atkinson/Lade Onamusi (S) def. Kerri Ellerbrock/Alysha Verhoff (O-G) 7-6 (3), 6-2

Third Place

Makenzie Schroeder/Mara Stiles (W) def. Jada Buckner/Elizabeth Rutkowski (VW) 6-1, 6-1

Fifth Place

Yoselin Ruiz/Chloe Wetstein (D) def. Kirsten Schnelle/Jenna Hawkey (SM) 9-7

Seventh Place

Abigail Oberlitner/Kayce Sherman (K) def. Emily Wood/Chloe Reiman (B) 8-6

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