Troy — The Wayne girls tennis team placed eighth out of nine squads in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Silver Flight Tournament on Friday at Troy. Fairmont, Lebanon and Greenville took the top three places, respectively.
Coach Thomas Secor highlighted the improvement of the team.
“I am really encouraged with how we fought today,” said Secor. “I thought there were matches we should have won today and fell short in, but those things happen. We will go back this week and correct a few things for sectionals on Wednesday.”
At first singles, Sidney Bailey fell to Greenville’s Anga Mertel 8-1. She defeated Aryane Trent of West Carrollton 8-0 before falling to Aly Landis 9-8 in the match for fifth place.
Bailey placed one spot below medaling. Secor said she is playing tough and that next year she will be able to make that leap up to medaling.
At second singles, Kristen Hooker fell to Anna Manges of Greenville 8-0. She then defeated Xenia’s Savannah Puckett 8-6 before falling to Marie Butts of Sidney 8-3. In the seventh place match, Hooker defeated Trotwood’s Aulonna Gooley 8-0.
In third singles competition, Kaya Stargel fell to Greenville’s Molly Hunt 8-3. She then defeated Iman Oudabachi of West Carrollton 8-4 before falling to Xenia’s Peyton McClain 8-3 to place seventh.
Secor said that Hooker and Stargel played very well for their first tournament play ever as they both were in matches that could have gone either way.
“They both won a few matches and Kaya battled through injuries to finish the day out,” said Secor. “I am super excited about these two girls and their progress. Both Kaya and Kristen have shown a willingness to improve and push themselves. They still have a lot to learn, but their growth this season sure shows the potential they have.”
At first doubles, Ameera Salah and Lauren Smith defeated Xenia’s Jodi Collier and Taylor Stovall 8-5 before loosing to Fairmont’s Matti Cridge and Gigi Lombardo 8-5, the eventual champion. Salah and Smith defeated Sidney’s Hannah Brown and Katelyn Wheeler 8-2 before falling to Fairborn’s Shayna Osborne and Preslee Chapman 8-2 in the match for fifth place.
Secord said that Salah and Smith also played extremely well, noting that hey took an early lead against their Fairmont opponent and just fell short at the end, falling 8-5.
“The Warriors pushed them to the limit,” said Secor. “”Best doubles I have seen them play all year. I know they were disappointed, but they sure gave it everything they had.”
In second doubles competition, Emily Miller and Lyann Trinh took eighth, loosing to Xenia’s Abbey Friend and Grace McClelland 8-5 and to Koonce and Thacker of Fairborn 8-3.
“Lyann Trinh and Emily Miller showed sparks of getting things going, but couldn’t string anything together as errors got the best of them,” said Secor. “I think Lyann and Emily are great players with potential, but they have to get more consistent in a few areas. I definitely think they have the motivation and skills to do that.”
Secor said placing eighth this year was a disappointment, but seventh place was just two points ahead of them.
“We are young and inexperienced and the only way to get better is to play through tough games,” he said. “We will play better next week and see what happens.”
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