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 October
19-20, 2012

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Brackets Set For 2012 OHSAA Girls State Tennis Tournament

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2012 OHSAA girls state tennis tournament begins Friday at 9 a.m. at the newly renovated OSU Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts (formerly the Stickney Tennis Center). Day two of the tournament will be held at Hilliard Davidson High School.

The Division I singles tournament features another highly competitive field highlighted by the 2011 singles state champion Mehvish Safdar (Jr., Cincinnati Ursuline Academy), who also won the 2010 doubles state championship. Safdar will be challenged by Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame senior Sandy Niehaus, the 2010 singles champion and 2011 singles runner-up. Other top seeds include Sylvania Northview junior Megan Miller, four-time state qualifier Lauren Golick (Sr., Westlake), and three-time state qualifier and 2011 doubles champion, Lauren Bellinger (Sr., Dublin Jerome).

In the Division I doubles tournament four-time state qualifier Sarah Stein (Sr., Dublin Jerome) has joined her sister, sophomore Emma Stein, to defend her 2011 doubles title. Her 2011 partner, Lauren Bellinger, has qualified for the Division I singles state tournament. The 2011 runner-ups, Columbus Bishop Watterson’s Lauren Ghidotti (Jr.) and Katie Shepherd (Sr.), are also back in the tournament trying to win their first state title. Other top seeds in the Div. I doubles tournament include New Albany’s Cristina DiLorenzo (Sr.) and Francesca DiLorenzo (So.); Chagrin Falls Kenston’s Natasha Birze (So.) and Amanda Marchant (Sr.); Toledo Notre Dame Academy’s Alicia Nahhas (Fr.) and Teagan McNamara (So.); and West Chester Lakota West’s Tori Turner (Sr.) and Nicole Soutar (Sr.).

The girls Division II singles tournament will have to go through 2011 champion Rachel Nelson (Sr., Millersburg West Holmes), who was also the 2010 runner-up. Defending Nelson’s title is no easy task as other strong contenders include 2011 third-place finisher My Linh Li (Sr., Columbus St. Francis DeSales), 2011 fourth-place finisher Danielle Wolf (So., Cincinnati Country Day), 2011 doubles runner-up Danielle Buchinsky (So., Shaker Heights Laurel School), Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown junior Ariana Iranpour and Oak Harbor senior Ashley LaFountain.

With the graduation of both 2011 doubles champions, the Division II tournament is wide open and features four new top seeds in Gates Mills Hawken’s Sydney Green (So.) and Emily Leizman (Sr.); Dayton Chaminade Julienne’s Natalie Allen (Fr.) and Brooke Sandridge (Sr.); Lexington’s Alex Griebling (So.) and Nicole Dragos (Jr.); Gahanna Columbus Academy’s Andrea Ballinger (So.) and Hannah Wexner (Jr.); and Chesapeake’s Meili Martin (Jr.) and Minda Martin (Fr.).

 Contact: Kristin Daugherty, kdaugherty@ohsaa.org

 

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