Greenville girls tennis team ends season at sectional tournament


TROY – The Greenville Lady Wave tennis team made a splash in the Division II sectionals held recently at Troy’s community park.

The highlight of the tournament was the second doubles team and the first singles player making it to the quarterfinals.

First singles player Anja Mertel started things off in the right direction by getting by Khloie

Slagle of Bellefontaine, who withdrew because of illness. This created a walkover for Mertel, which automatically put her in the second round.

There she faced Kassidy Driskill of Springfield Shawnee and dispatched her 6-0, 6-1. Next up on the docket was Haylee Johns, a junior from Urbana, and she slammed passed her 6-0, 6-2, to get into the quarterfinals.

There she faced the No. 3 seed in junior Cassandra Freshour from Kenton Ridge. Freshour then slipped passed Mertel 6-4, 6-1 to finish out Mertel’s career.

Second singles player Molly Hunt, who is a junior this year, met senior Taylor Mocniak of Catholic Central and hunted her down, 6-0, 6-0.

This put her in the second round where she faced senior No. 1 seed Kaleigh Cummins of Northeastern. Hunt played some spirited points but was sent home for the year by the score 6-0, 6-0.

Next up was third singles player, Anna Manges of Greenville, and she faced a fellow

freshman, Claire Larger of upstart Fort Loramie. Unfortunately, Manges was sent home to Greenville by losing a three set heart breaker 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles action first doubles senior teammates Neeps Kaur and Mallory Rich proceeded to take care of freshmen Adelsberger and Croston of Bellefontaine 6-0, 6-0 to propel them into the second round.

This is where they met the team of Hitchcock and Sellers of the Cougars of Kenton Ridge . They were then unfortunately sent out of the tournament by losing in three tough sets of 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.

The second doubles squad of Larissa Schmitmeyer and Casey Malott took care of Sidney Lehman’s Read and Simpson 7-6 in the first set with a score of 7-4 in the tiebreaker. Then they really went to town in the second set by winning out 6-1.

Next up on the courts in the second round was Bellefontaine’s Beaverson and Braun and shut them out 6-0, 6-0 to advance amazingly into the quarterfinals.

This is where they met their Waterloo by facing No. 2 seed Smith and Sigler of Northwestern, who dispatched of them 6-1, 6-0 to end their season for the year.

“I was very pleased with the girls and was especially proud of the second doubles squad and first singles player making it to the quarterfinals in a tough sectional,” Greenville girls tennis coach Jim Koontz said. “The team overall was a joy to coach and we finished with a 11-8 record and

third place finish in the GWOC Silver Division. I’m looking forward to all the underclassmen coming back and will sorely miss seniors Kaur and Rich along with foreign exchange student, Mertel. I truly hope they work hard in the offseason and may we have an even better year next year.”

By Ted Landis, Jr.

For The Daily Advocate

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