LIMA — The weather was again the talk of the day during the semifinals of the Lima Area Tennis Association doubles tournaments on a hot and humid Saturday morning and afternoon at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Heat and humidity — and thankfully a nice breeze — marked the play.
On the women’s side, the defending champions — Andrea Arango-Brown and Olivia Kesner — were pushed to the limit by the Bath High School duo of Esther and Ruby Bolon before rallying for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 thriller.
“It took us a set to get going. We need to come earlier and make sure we’re warmed up,” Arango-Brown said. “We just needed to take it one point at a time when we got down the set. We were supporting each other. We work together teaching tennis to the youth, so we don’t get to play a lot of doubles together like we did last year.”
Kesner is still the student to her teacher, Arango-Brown.
“She is still teaching me about the game. When we got down, we simply had to approach it one point at a time,” Kesner said. “There was a point in the second set that she told me that. You just have to stay up and positive when things are going against you. She still helps me during our points. I’m still learning this game and she is a great teacher.”
The women’s finals begin at 10 a.m. today.
In the other semifinal, Morgan Chaney and Kunmi Ojo teamed up to down Kaitlin Snider and Madison Watt in another 3-setter: 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
On the men’s side, Landon and Evan Neuman defeated Brandon Amstutz and Justin Haggard 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.
That sets up a showdown today with Jeff Arthur and Jeff Brown, who downed Zach Beaschler and Noah Elliott in another three-setter, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1).
In earlier action Saturday, the Neumans defeated Ben and Nate Shroer 6-0, 6-0.
Amstutz and Haggard knocked off Cade Miller and Cody Hurley 6-5, 6-4 and Beaschler and Haggard (the “Bears”) knocked off Gabe and Jonny Rutler 6-0, 6-1.
On the women’s side, Snider and Watt defeated Kassie Hill and Jeanna Haggard 6-1, 6-4 in morning activity.
In the back draw, Drew Wilson and Eden Nygaard outlasted Mason Stahl and Gabe Burke 7-5, 4-6, 10-4 (super tie-breaker) and Ben Brinkman and Isaac Hanover needed three sets to down Mullins and Hurley 2-6, 7-5, 10-4.
On the women’s side, Ally Oravitz and Madison Snider were pushed to three sets to down Mara Stiles and Abby Metzger 2-6, 6-0, 11-9.
On the other side, Paige Brinkman and Katie Clark also needed to go the distance to take down Hill and Haggard 10-4 in the deciding third set.
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