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2012 OHSAA Girls State Tennis Tournament

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2012 OHSAA Girls Tennis State Tournament

OSU Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts & Hilliard Davidson High School
October 19-20, 2012



Division I - Singles Bracket | Doubles Bracket

Division II - Singles Bracket | Doubles Bracket

Four New Champions Crowned at 37th Annual Girls State Tennis Tournament

The 2012 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 state championship match featured two four-time state qualifiers in Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame’s Sandy Neihaus (Sr.) and Westlake’s Lauren Golick (Sr.). It was Golick’s first state final appearance, after reaching the consolation match in 2010 and 2011; while Niehaus had reached the finals in each of the previous two years. Midway through the third set, Neihaus suffered a match-ending injury and Golick claimed the Div. I singles state championship crown by an injury retirement, 4-6, 7-5, 5-3 (retire). It marked the first time Westlake has won a state tennis title. In the consolation match, 2011 state champion Mehvish Safdar (Jr., Cincinnati Ursuline Academy) defeated Kings Mills Kings junior Amina Ismail, 6-4, 6-1.

The Division I doubles state tournament was a repeat of the Central district finals and featured a battle of sister duos from New Albany and Dublin Jerome. No. 1 seed Cristina (Sr.) and Francesca DiLorenzo (So., New Albany) defeated the 2011 state champion and No. 2 seed Sarah Stein (Sr.) and her new partner Emma Stein (So., Dublin Jerome), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. New Albany’s Cristina DiLorenzo joined the 2012 doubles tournament after competing in the 2011 Div. I singles state championship and Dublin Jerome’s Sarah Stein finished her career with two runner-up finishes (2012, 2010) and one state title (2011). In the consolation match the 2011 runner-up pair of Lauren Ghidotti (Jr.) and Katie Shepherd (Sr., Columbus Bishop Watterson) defeated Dublin Jerome’s Eleanor Bullock (Fr.) and Caitlyn Merzbacher (So.), 7-5, 6-3.

The Division II singles was also a repeat of the Central district finals but had a different outcome as No. 2 seed Columbus Bishop Hartley’s Rachael Morales (Jr.) defeated No. 1 seed Columbus St. Francis DeSales’ My Linh Li (Sr.), 6-0, 6-2. Morales finished her career with four state tournament appearances and a championship medal, while Li finished her career with a first (2009), second (2011) and third place finish (2010). In the consolation match, the 2011 state champion Rachel Nelson (Sr., Millersburg West Holmes) defeated Portsmouth junior Ali Miller, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, and finished her career with a first (2011), second (2010), third (2012) and fourth (2009) place finish.

In the Division II doubles tournament, Gahanna Columbus Academy Andrea Bellinger (So.) and Hannah Wexner (Jr.) defeated Gates Mills Hawken’s Sydney Green (So.) and Emily Leizman (Sr.), 6-2, 6-3. It was Columbus Academy’s second state title and first since 2008. In the consolation match, Natalie Allen (Fr.) and Brooke Sandridge (Sr., Dayton Chaminade Julienne) defeated Meili Martin (Jr.) and Minda Martin (Fr., Chesapeake), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.


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Division I - Singles Bracket | Doubles Bracket

Division II - Singles Bracket | Doubles Bracket


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