Thursday, October 11, 2012Girls Tennis: Findlay High's Gray to face tough district semifinal match
The next leg of the journey won't be as easy.
Gray advanced to the semifinals of the Division I district tennis tournament at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday. The FHS senior dropped just five games in rolling past Sylvania Northview's Emily Gross 6-1, 6-1 and Toledo Notre Dame's Jordan Cady, 6-3, 6-0.
The tournament now moves from BGSU to the University of Northwestern Ohio campus in Lima, where the final two rounds will be played on Saturday.
With only two players advancing to next week's state tournament in Columbus, Gray must get past Sylvania Northview's Megan Miller, a talented junior who did not lose a game in blanking Anthony Wayne's Maddie Smith and Toledo Central Catholic's Hannah Pike 6-0, 6-0 scores.
The luck of the draw appears has lumped Gray and Miller, arguably the top two singles players in the field, in the same bracket.
Advancing from the lower bracket were Norwalk's Aubrey Cook, who needed three sets to get past Kaitlyn Dominiak of Toledo Central Catholic (6-7, 6-1, 6-2) and Cassadie Baker of Bowling Green (1-6, 7-6, 6-0). Gray beat Baker in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) when Findlay faced Bowling Green during the regular season.
Also moving on from the lower bracket was Toledo Notre Dame' Nina Eid. The sophomore played No. 3 singles for Notre Dame, but is the Eagles' best chance to advance after Alicia Nahhas and Teagan McNamara, who played No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, were moved to doubles for the tournament.
Findlay and Sylvania Northview met during the regular season, but Gray and Miller did not face each other. Miller defeated Findlay's Emma Miller at No. 1 singles; Gray teamed up with Maggie Kelley that day to win a match at No. 1 doubles.
Gray was Findlay's only district qualifier to advance on Wednesday. In singles, Kelley lost 6-0, 6-1 to Perrysburg's Jaden Northcutt. The Trojans' doubles team of Erin Bosse and Corinne Hoffman also fell in the first round, 6-3, 6-2 to Sarah Gray and Jenna Overmyer of Fremont Ross.
In other news, the Three Rivers Athletic Conference released its all-league and academic all-league teams.
Gray, TRAC runner-up at No. 1 singles, was first-team all-league and Kelley was second-team. Bosse and Hoffman received honorable mention.
Findlay also had 14 players earn TRAC all-academic honors. Seven of Findlay's players carried a GPA of 4.0 or better and 12 were at 3.5 or over. To be eligible for all-TRAC academic honors, athletes must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, must be a sophomore, junior or senior and must have earned a varsity letter.
2012 All-TRAC Tennis
TOLEDO NOTRE DAME -- Alicia Nahhas, Teagan McNamara, Lindsay Clark, Kerigan McNamara, Nina Eid. FINDLAY -- Meghan Gray. TOLEDO CENTRAL CATHOLIC -- Hannah Pike. TOLEDO ST. URSULA -- Nina Farrar, Celena Nowicki. FREMONT ROSS -- Sarah Gray.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alicia Nahhas, Notre Dame.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kim Pacella, Notre Dame.
NOTRE DAME -- Jordan Cady, Madelyn Denning. FINDLAY -- Maggie Kelley. CENTRAL CATHOLIC -- Kaitlyn Dominiak. ST. URSULA -- Jenna Marciniak, Sydney Seeley. OREGON CLAY -- Lisa Durrant, Emilie Roman, Jennifer Belkofer. FREMONT ROSS -- Lauren Emtich.
FINDLAY HONORABLE MENTION
Erin Bosse, Corinne Hoffman.
Danya Crow, Erin Bosse, Jenna Burget, Hoffman, Emma Miller, Katy Miller, Tristen Spahr, Kaitlin Coward, Alex Jarrell, Catalina Petrescu, Maddie Bruce, Gray, Kelley, Hannah Ratnasamy.
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