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2010 OHSAA Girls State Tennis Tournament
The 2011 OHSAA girls tennis state
tournaments concluded Saturday afternoon after inclement weather forced
play indoors to the Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City.
The Division I singles championship was a repeat of the Southwest
sectional and district finals where Cincinnati Ursuline Academy’s
Mehvish Safdar (So.), the 2010 DI doubles champion, defeated last year’s
Division I singles state champion Sandy Niehaus (Jr., Cincinnati Mt.
Notre Dame) 6-1, 7-5. Safdar joined the singles tournament after the
graduation of her sister and partner Komal Safdar, the 2009 DI singles
champion. In the consolation match, Toledo St. Ursula Academy’s Kennedy
Shaffer (Fr.) won by an injury default over Westlake junior Lauren
Golick, who finished third last year. Shaffer competed against eventual
state champion Safdar in the semifinals before losing 6-3, 6-3.
The Division II 2010 Dublin Jerome doubles runner-up partners Lauren
Bellinger (Jr.) and Sarah Stein (Jr.) returned to the state tournament
to claim the 2011 crown. They defeated Columbus Bishop Watterson’s Katie
Shepherd (Jr.) and Lauren Ghidotti (So.) 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in a match
that lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes. The consolation match featured Upper
Arlington’s Elaine Cloern (Jr.) and Audrey Berger (Fr.) against Aundrea
Busse (So.) and Julie Brockman (Jr.) of Springboro. After a losing a
close semifinal match to Dublin Jerome, Upper Arlington came out strong
and defeated Springboro 6-1, 6-3. It was the 33rd appearance by an Upper
Arlington team or player at the state tournament.
The Division II singles tournament pitted a No. 3 seed against a No. 1
seed, but the 2010 singles runner-up Rachel Nelson (Jr., Millersburg
West Holmes) wouldn’t be upset as she defeated Lexington’s Courtney
Earnest (Sr.) 7-5, 6-2. It was the third-straight state appearance for
Nelson, who finished fourth in the 2009 doubles bracket with her sister
Mary Nelson. In the consolation match, My Linh Li (Jr., Columbus St.
Francis DeSales) defeated Danielle Wolf (Fr., Cincinnati Country Day)
2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Li also made a state appearance in 2009 when she won the
doubles tournament with her sister Kim My Li.
In Division II doubles, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy seniors
Dominique Baxter and Holly Dahmus brought home the school’s first title
since 2002, defeating Alison Biltz (Sr.) and Danielle Buchinsky (Fr.) of
Shaker Heights Laurel, 6-1, 6-1. Baxter was also the 2010 doubles
runner-up with graduated partner Kassie Faugno. The pair finishes their
careers with a combined seven state appearances. Laurel’s Biltz also
ends her career with back-to-back state showings. In the consolation
match, Amy Smedira (Sr.) and Adrian Young (Fr.) from Pepper Pike Orange
defeated Toledo Ottawa Hills’ Shivani Bhatt (Jr.) and Nancy Rumpf (Sr.)
Division I -
Singles Bracket |
Division II -
Singles Bracket |
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