Redskins qualify for districts in 3 positions

Sports Editor

Wapakoneta Redskins senior Rachel Roberts and junior Kaitlin Snider each won three singles matches to qualify for districts, while juniors Kiersten Wellons and Chelsea Myers reached the district doubles tournament Thursday at sectionals.

The Redskins qualified for districts in three different positions Thursday after the first day of competition in a Division I Northwest District girls tennis sectional tournament in Findlay.

Sectional semifinalists, the top four singles players and the top four doubles teams, all qualified for districts Thursday.

They will compete for placing Saturday in the second day of sectional action.

Roberts and Snider each started Thursday’s tournament in the Round of 32, needing to win one match there to join the rest of the bracket in the Round of 16.

Roberts’ three wins Thursday concluded with a 6-1, 6-4, victory over the No. 4 singles seed, Perrysburg senior Jaden Northcutt, in the quarterfinals, clinching her district spot.

“Rachel was unbelievable,” Wapak varsity coach Mike Klock said. “She won all three matches in two sets.”

Snider topped the No. 3 seed, Findlay freshman Savannah Hosey, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, to reach the semifinals.

“Unbelieveable,” Klock said of Snider. “I thought she’d win the first one and maybe the second but she played fantastic.”

Wellons and Myers received a bye into the quarterfinals, where they faced the No. 4 doubles seed, Bowling Green senior Sabrina Smith and junior Samantha Spackey, whom they beat 6-2, 6-1, to clinch a district berth.

“The first doubles team (Wellons and Myers) played great,” Klock said. “They had a shaky first set but came back.”

Wapak freshman Allie Zofkie, the No. 1 seed at sectionals, lost her only match of the season in her opening match Thursday against Perrysburg freshman Nora Abdul-Aziz, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2.

Zofkie was 21-0 entering sectionals Thursday.

Zofkie was the Western Buckeye League second singles champion in 2013 in her first year on varsity.

“Allie is going to get stronger and stronger,” Klock said. “To go 21-1 and losing just one match … she’ll be back. She’s ready to go. I’m looking forward to having her back.”

Abdul-Aziz will look to get past another Wapakoneta player, as she will face Roberts in one of the two semifinal singles matches Saturday.

Snider, meanwhile, will face the lone singles seed remaining, second-seeded Perrysburg sophomore Moira Sams, on Saturday.

Wapak’s other doubles team, senior Amanda Sims and junior Carly Buzzard, beat Bowling Green junior duo Teagen Doren and Anna Hanson, 6-1, 6-1, in the Round of 16 before being eliminated with a 6-3, 6-2, loss to the No. 2 seed doubles seed, Findlay junior tandem Erin Bosse and Emma Miller.

Sims played in her final high school match Thursday.

“Amanda really came around the past couple weeks, especially in the WBL,” Klock said. “She really stepped it up a notch. That finals match was key to win the WBL tournament.

“She had a nice career,” he said. “if we didn’t have those two seniors, we wouldn’t have done what we did this season.”

Klock said Thursday was the first time in the near-decade he’s been coaching Wapak tennis that three different entrants qualified for districts.

“That’s pretty impressive,” he said.

Wapak’s sectional semifinalists will compete for the tournament’s first through fourth places Saturday.

They will begin the district tournament Thursday at Bowling Green State University.