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2009 OHSAA Girls State Tennis Recap

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OHSAA Girls Tennis Championships
Hosted by the Elysium Tennis Center, Plain City

PLAIN CITY, Ohio – New champions were crowned at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s 34th Annual Girls State Tennis Tournaments held Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 at the Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City, Ohio.

Play was originally scheduled to take place at The Ohio State University Stickney Tennis Center and Hilliard Davidson High School, but was moved indoors due to rain the entire weekend.

Upper Arlington junior Niki Flower, who was a runner-up doubles finisher a year ago and a singles state tournament participant in 2007, won the Div. I singles title with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win over junior Komal Safdar of Cincinnati Ursuline Academy. It was the third singles title for the Golden Bears of Upper Arlington and first since 2003 when Flower’s sister, Kirsten, took home gold.

In the Div. II singles field, junior Alyssa Ritchie of Waynesville outlasted Courtney Earnest, a sophomore from Lexington, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. Ritchie, after losing in the second round in 2007, is the first singles tennis champion in Waynesville school history.

Junior Meghan Buell and senior Maddie Kobelt of New Albany cruised to the Eagles’ first doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over junior Carolyn Pitman and freshman Taylor Holden of Liberty Twp. Lakota East. The duo from New Albany didn’t lose more than two games in a set the entire tournament.

A pair of sisters from Columbus St. Francis DeSales, senior Kim My Li and freshman My Linh Li, took home the Div. II doubles crown after a 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 6-2 over junior Maddie Morton and senior Corinne Rauck of Bexley. It marked the first doubles championship for the Stallions of St. Francis DeSales.

Division I Singles Bracket
Division I Doubles Bracket
Division II Singles Bracket
Division II Doubles Bracket

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