By GARY R. RASBERRY
COLDWATER — Monday’s Western Buckeye League tennis
match between Celina and Wapakoneta was one that could be a
came in 3-4 in the WBL and a win could help the NetDogs to a
winning league season pending the outcome of the restart of
the Bath match. Wapak was 5-3 and looking to get closer to unbeaten
Shawnee in the league tables.
It truly came down to the last match of the day as the second
doubles match went over the two-hour mark before Wapak took
the match and the series from Celina 3-2 at Coldwater Community
Park’s tennis courts.
The Redskin tandem of Lena Plescher and Katy Jordan needed three
sets before coming away with the 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over the
a strong Celina duo of Amy Wellman and Samantha Heckler.
“I thought our second doubles girls played very well,”
said Celina coach Jan Morrison. “That Wapak team has only
lost one this season (against Ottawa-Glandorf). Our second doubles
gave them a good battle. I would have liked to have won it,
Celina forced the tie of matches when second singles player
Amy Zender, on fire of late in winning the second singles title
at Saturday’s Sidney Invitational, beat Katie Wittwer
6-1 and 6-1 to give the teams two wins each.
The other win for Celina came from first doubles as Jen VanTilburg
and Amanda Starns needed just two games to down the Wapak pair
of Tracy Slonker and Meghan Kellerman for the second time in
three days. VanTilburg and Starnes beat the pair in the opening
match of first doubles at the Sidney Invitational.
In the other singles matches of the day, Kelsey Cook lost to
Hanna Hager 1-6 and 1-6 in first singles while Lindsay Miller
lost to Kelly Haehn 4-6 and 0-6 in third singles.
“Zender and first doubles are coming on strong,”
said Morrison. “Kelsey is playing hard but she’s
facing tough competition. There’s some really good first
singles players out there.”
While the loss will deny Celina a winning league match record,
Morrision hopes that this motivate the team at the WBL meet
coming up next week at Ottawa-Glandorf.
have to do it in tournament,” said Morrison. “We’ll
have to get ahead of people in tournament that we feel we could
have beat in season.”
The resumption of the match with Bath has been scheduled for
Sept. 24. Celina’s next match is Friday at Coldwater against
Sidney Invitational — The NetDogs placed third in the
four-team invitational, scoring 19 points. Wapak was first with
23 points followed by Wayne with 20. Sidney was fourth with
Cook placed third in first singles after losing to Wayne’s
Phong Coo in matching 5-7 sets before beating Sidney’s
Molly Hall 6-2, 4-6 and 6-2 in the consolation.
Zender went 2-0 to get the second singles title, eating Becca
Stover of Sidney 6-4 and 6-4 for the title.
Heckler lost both matches to take fourth in third singles, losing
to Megan Witt of Sidney 2-6, 3-6 then dropping the final match
2-6 and 0-6 to Yen Ngo of Wayne.
VanTilburg and Starnes won the first doubles title after beating
Kathleen Secor and Michalela Chroo of Wayne 6-0 and 6-0.
Miller and Wellman teamed up for fourth place in second doubles,
losing 6-7, 0-6 to Amanda Braun and Cara Bey of Sidney before
dropping the second match to Anna and Mary Secor of Wayne 7-6,
4-6 and 2-6.
In reserve matches, Kelly Rutschilling placed second, losing
to Whitney Holmes 0-6 and 2-6. In doubles, Siri Neelati and
Erynn Piper placed third, falling 0-6 and 0-6 to Heidi Clayton
and Tessa Bell of Sidney.