3 local tennis players advance to state tournament
PDT Sports Report
In a reflection of the talent in the area, a trio of tennis players advanced to the Division II Girls State Tennis Tournament next week in Columbus.
Ali Miller of Portsmouth will be making her third trip to the state singles tournament while Jessica Schmidt and Katie O’Neill of Notre Dame will be making their second trip to the state doubles tournament.
Miller defeated Sarah Nestor 6-0, 6-0 and moved on to face Ana Torres and beat her 6-2, 6-2. The win over Torres assured Miller a spot in Columbus.
Miller lost to Rachel Nelson 6-0, 6-2 to lock up the second seed in the tournament.
Schmidt and O’Neill made their second trip to the state tournment official with a pair of wins in Athens Wednesday.
The Notre Dame pair defeated the Kolb-McKay duo from Miami Trace 6-1, 6-1 to play the pairing of Sollars-Willard of Logan Elm.
After dropping the first set 4-6, the Lady Titans rallied with a 6-1 win in the second set. Down 3-4 in the third set, Schmidt and O’Neill battled to win the final, deciding set 7-4 punching their tickets to state.
In a placement match, Schmidt and O’Neill earned the No. 2 seed in Columbus against the Martin-Martin duo of Chesapeake losing 1-6, 3-6.
“They played with a lot of energy and came through in the clutch,” said Notre Dame interim coach Susanne O’Neill, who was filling in for coach Maddie Rutman while she was out of the country.
The State Tournament will take place Oct. 19 and 20 at the Ohio State Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts and Hilliard Davidson High School.
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