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09-29-03: Shawnee picks up 12th WBL tennis title

LIMA — Jen VanTilburg and Amanda Starnes had the best finish of any area tennis players, but it was the Shawnee Indians who won their unprecedented 12th Western Buckeye League title.
Van Tilburg and Starnes finished second in the first doubles bracket of the WBL tournament, as they fell to Shawnee’s Megan Quay and Kristen Martin 4-6, 6-0, 4-6.
“In the championship round they actually won more games but lost the match,” said Celina coach Jan Morrison. “I was happy with the way they played, they showed some brilliance at times, and they almost couldn’t believe it was Shawnee because they were playing so well.”
Morrison said they lost some momentum down the stretch and couldn’t hold on for the win.
Van Tilburg and Starnes did pick up one win on Saturday, when they knocked off Bath’s Erin Staley and Kelsey Degen 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinal match. The Bulldogs lost a match to the Bath doubles team last Wednesday.
“That was nice for them to get a little revenge and redeem that loss,” Morrison said.
VanTilburg and Starnes had lost only three league matches all season, with the other two coming against Shawnee and St. Marys.
The Roughriders’ Katie Tebbe was the only other local player to advance to Saturday’s play, and she finished third in the girls second singles bracket. Tebbe lost her semifinal match to Shawnee’s Samantha Jimenez-Medina, the eventual winner, by a score of 6-0, 6-4.
In the third-place match, Tebbe bounced back by winning 7-6, 6-1 over Elida’s Rachel Webb.
“She was seeded fourth, and I think she was very pleased with how she finished,” said St. Marys coach Brice Brenneman. “I think it’s the best she’s been playing all season.”
Celina and Defiance tied for sixth at the tournament with six points, while St. Marys finished in eighth with two points.
Shawnee easily won the event with 32 points, and their 8-0 regular season secured the WBL title.
Wapakoneta was second with 14 points, followed by Van Wert with 12 and O-G and Elida were tied with 10 points.


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