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Girls State Tennis Tournament Coverage

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2013 OHSAA Girls State Tennis Tournament Coverage



2013 OHSAA Girls Tennis State Tournament

OSU Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts & Hilliard Davidson High School
October 18-19, 2013


If Inclement Weather Moves the State Tournament Indoors

The indoor facility is Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City (near Dublin, northwest of Columbus). On Friday, parking is available at the Sports Ohio facility (Chiller Dublin). The address is 7001 Dublin Park Drive, Dublin, OH 43016. Shuttles will provide transportation to Elysium. On Saturday, parking is available around Elysium, which is located at 7637 Commerce Place, Plain City, OH 43064.


Important Parking Announcements for October 18
On Friday, Oct. 18, at Ohio State, parking will be available in the Gray Lots beside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and adjacent to the Buckeye Softball Field. The lots are accessible from Fred Taylor Drive. If using GPS or Mapquest, use the street address of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, which is 2450 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210.



Division I - Singles Bracket  |  Doubles Bracket  |  Coaches

Division II - Singles Bracket  |  Doubles Bracket  |  Coaches





2013 Girls State Tennis Recap

Division I
For the second consecutive year, the OHSAA Girls Tennis State Tournament concluded inside at the Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City, after inclement weather forced play indoors.

The Division I singles state championship featured the 2012 third-place finisher, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy’s Mehvish Safdar, and Columbus Bishop Watterson senior, Lauren Ghidotti, who was a member of the 2011 Division I doubles runner-up team. Safdar, a senior, claimed the state championship, winning 6-1, 6-3. Safdar’s victory gives Ursuline their second girls tennis singles championship. In the consolation match, Dublin Jerome sophomore Eleanor Bullock defeated Massillon Jackson junior Tessa Hill by a score of 7-6 (7-3), 6-0. It was Bullock’s first appearance in the state tournament, while Hill claims fourth place after qualifying for the state tournament in 2012.

The Division I doubles championship featured pairs from two schools each seeking the first doubles championship in their schools’ history. Anna and Alle Sanford from Olentangy Orange defeated Alexa Abele and Maggie Skwara from Cincinnati Sycamore, 6-0, 6-2. In the consolation match, Pickerington Central pair Isis Thomas and Kyah Thomas defeated Toledo Notre Dame Academy’s Alicia Nahhas and junior Teagan McNamara, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Division II
For the second consecutive year, the OHSAA girls tennis state tournaments concluded inside at the Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City, after inclement weather forced play indoors.

The girls Division II singles championship match featured two senior players who met in the second round of the 2012 state tournament. Last year, Ali Miller of Portsmouth beat Ariana Iranpour of Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Miller went on to finish fourth in the 2012 tournament. But today, it was Iranpour who would win the matchup, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2. With Iranpour’s win, Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown claims their second singles state championship in school history. In the consolation match, Cincinnati Country Day junior Danielle Wolf placed third after coming away victorious against Danielle Buchinsky of Shaker Heights Laurel, 6-3, 6-3. Both players were state qualifiers in 2012, and will look to return to the state tournament in 2014.

The Division II Doubles Championship featured pairs from Lexington and Pepper Pike Orange. Both pairs showcased players returning to the state doubles tournament. Junior Adrian Young returned for Pepper Pike Orange to the doubles tournament after being a member of the 2011 third-place doubles team. In 2013, it was Adrian Young and freshman Alissa Nakamoto capturing the school’s third doubles championship, 6-2, 6-4. Lexington’s senior Elise Betscher and junior Jillian Earnest finish as 2013 runners-up after also qualifying for the state tournament in 2012. The consolation match featured pairs from Cincinnati Indian Hill and Kettering Archbishop Alter. Indian Hill sophomores Meredith Breda and Caroline Andersen finished third, winning 6-2, 6-4 against Alter’s Lauren Hawley and Amanda Showalter, who finish fourth in their first state tournament appearances.



2013 Girls State Tennis Preview

The OHSAA girls tennis state tournament returns to the OSU Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts and Hilliard Davidson High School this weekend, where new state champions will be crowed in each of the four tournaments. First and second round action will take place at OSU Friday before shifting to Hilliard Davidson Saturday. The indoor location is Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City. If play moves there Friday, parking is only available at Sports Ohio/Chiller Dublin (7001 Dublin Park Drive, Dublin, OH 43016).

In Division I singles, 2012 state champion Lauren Golick and runner-up Sandy Niehaus were both seniors last year. That could open the door for last year’s third-place finisher, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy’s Mehvish Safdar and Kings Mills Kings’ Amina Ismail. The two seniors are on opposite sides of the bracket and could meet in the finals.

In a wide-open Division I doubles tournament, the 2012 state champion DiLorenzo sisters from New Albany – Cristina and Francesca – are not in the field this year (Cristina was a senior last year), but the second, third and fourth-place finishing tandems from last year are not back, either. Mason and North Canton Hoover both have a pair of doubles teams in the field.

In Division II singles, the top three placers from last year all graduated, leaving Portsmouth senior Ali Miller as the top returner. She finished fourth last year behind Rachael Morales (Columbus Bishop Hartley), My Lihn Li (Columbus St. Francis DeSales) and Rachel Nelson (Millersburg West Holmes). Joining the singles tournament this year is Gahanna Columbus Academy junior Andrea Ballinger, who teamed with Hannah Wexner to win the Div. II doubles title last year.

The Division II doubles duo of Meili Martin and Minda Martin from Chesapeake form the highest-returning doubles tandem. They finished fourth last year.



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