Brackets Set For OHSAA Girls State Tennis Tournament
six 2010 champions return to lead competitive field
Ohio – The 2011 OHSAA girls state tennis championships begin Friday at 9
a.m. at the newly renovated OSU
Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts (formerly the Stickney Tennis Center).
Division I singles tournament features a highly competitive field
highlighted by 2010 singles state champion Sandy Niehaus (Jr.,
Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame) and 2010 doubles champion Mehvish Safdar (Soph.,
Cincinnati Ursuline Academy). Safdar joins the singles tournament after
the graduation of her sister and partner Komal Safdar, the 2009 singles
champion. Other strong contenders for the DI crown include three-time
state qualifier Lauren Golick (Jr., Westlake), two-time state qualifier
Anna Sanford (Soph., Lewis Center Olentangy Orange) and highly-touted
freshman Kennedy Shaffer (Toledo St. Ursula Academy); all who received
the No. 1 seed in their respective district tournaments.
Jerome partners Lauren Bellinger (Jr.) and Sarah Stein (Jr.) are back
and looking to improve on their 2010 Division I doubles runner-up
finish. They look to be challenged by Hilliard Bradley partners Lauren
Thai (Jr.) and Ashley Thai (Jr.), who moved up to DI this year after
winning the 2010 DII state tournament. Other top seeds are Canfield
junior Allison Pavlansky, who returns to the state tournament with a new
partner, Gabrielle Brant (Sr.); Perrysburg seniors Cammy Messenger and
Carmen Alkine; and Springboro partners Aundrea Busse (Soph.) and Julie
The girls Division II singles tournament will have to go through 2010
runner-up Rachel Nelson (Jr., Millersburg West Holmes). Three-time state qualifier Emily Mazolla (Sr., Chagrin
Falls) and four-time state qualifier Drew Fillis (Sr., Toledo Ottawa
Hills) hope to end their career with a state crown after earning a No. 1
seed in their respective district tournaments.
Division II doubles tournament is wide open with the move of Hilliard
Bradley to Division I and the return of only two 2010 doubles teams.
Because of the inexperience, 2010 DII doubles runner-up Dominique Baxter
(Sr., Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and her new partner Holly
Dahmus (Sr.), who have a combined seven tournament appearances, are one
of the early favorites along with Waverly’s Lauren Hoffman (Sr.) and
Madison Hoffman (Sr.) and Dayton Oakwood’s Anne Connelly (Sr.) and
Jackie White (Jr.).
Contact: Kristin Daugherty,
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