Six AW Tennis Players Advance To Districts

Six AW girls tennis players advanced to districts after strong showings at sectionals in Findlay last week. Pictured are (from left) Lauren Parlette, Ashley Hartzell, Rachelle Moses, Kailyn Szmania, Elizabeth Seiple and Grace Skilliter. Districts play begins at BGSU on Thursday, October 12. PHOTO COURTESY OF AW GIRLS TENNIS

BY JOEL SENSENIG | MIRROR SPORTS — Senior Rachelle Moses and junior Kailyn Szmania led a group of six Anthony Wayne tennis players to advance to district competition after a successful sectionals tournament last week. The duo, the team’s top two singles players during the regular season, teamed up in doubles at sectionals competition in Findlay on October 5 and 7, winning the doubles bracket. AW freshman Ashley Hartzell and senior Lauren Parlette – the team’s usual first doubles tandem – placed fourth, also qualifying for districts at Bowling Green State University on Thursday, October 12. The Generals also had success on the singles courts, as sophomore Elizabeth Seiple had a strong tournament, finishing second. Sophomore Grace Skilliter also advanced with a fourth-place finish. Entering play with the No. 1 seed, Moses and Szmania advanced to the quarterfinals with a bye. They won their next three matches to win the sectional, concluding with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Southview’s Mann /Mann duo. Moses said making the transition from singles to doubles was not so difficult. “It’s not that big of an adjustment for me because I personally am a better doubles player,” she said. “Playing with Kailyn is great because she’s a really consistent and good player. “She always manages to set me up for a volley at the net, which is my best shot,” Moses continued. “Our games mesh really well together.” Moses knows the competition will heat up in Bowling Green, but she believes the two can make some noise if they play to their abilities. “We are definitely going to have some tough matches ahead of us,” she said, “but I think as long as we play aggressive at the net and play our game we should be able to make it further in districts and beat some of the harder opponents. “I’m super excited to be playing my last year at doubles with Kailyn and I’m very grateful to have such a great partner.” Hartzell and Parlette entered sectionals as the fourth seed, getting a first-round bye. They then topped Northview’s Runnels and Dalwalla, 6-0, 7-5, before dropping the semifinal match to Southview’s Mann/Mann duo, 6-2, 6-0. They then lost to Bowling Green’s Overhulse and Utz, 6-4, 7-6, to take fourth place. Seiple, the third seed, blanked BG’s Maddie Harrington in straight 6-0 sets before topping Northview’s Christina Regan in matching 6-2 sets. She then defeated Springfield’s No. 2-seeded Kayla Helminiak, 6-4, 6-4, before eventually dropping the championship match to the Blue Devils’ Kyleigh Henthorn, 6-2, 6-2. After a first-round bye, Skilliter, the No. 4 seed, beat Springfield’s Gianna LaMontagne, 6-4, 6-2, before she was defeated by Henthorn, 6-1, 6-0. She then dropped the third-place match to Helminiak, 6-3, 6-3.

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