June 25, 2016

Mostly clear

Good first day for county at tennis sectional


Assistant Sports Editor

OBERLIN — A little rain didn’t put a damper on the accomplishments of a pair of Medina County doubles teams Wednesday at the Oberlin Division I Sectional tennis tournament.

A lot of county players remain alive due to the cancellation of numerous matches, with the best bets to advance to the Oberlin District being the Highland doubles team of Danielle Hadler and Olena Zyga and the Medina tandem of Rachel Kohler and Whitney Yoder.

The unseeded Hadler and Zyga won two matches, the first a rattail, to advance to the round of 16. They will play a Westlake team that is seeded second at the event when doubles action resumes Friday at 1 p.m.

“They played very well,” Highland coach Lisa Reynolds said.

Kohler and Yoder, also unseeded and like Hadler and Zyga their team’s top singles players during the regular season, won one match and will play a No. 4 seeded team from Westlake in the round of 16. Should the Bees win that match, they would play an unseeded team in the quarterfinals, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the district.

Cloverleaf and Brunswick, which both endured disappointing seasons, are also competing at Oberlin, but have virtually no chance of advancing any players.

Singles action will resume today at 1 p.m. The semifinals and finals in singles and doubles will be Saturday morning. The top four finishers in each advance to the district.

Wadsworth will begin play today at the Solon D-I Sectional.  The top four singles and doubles finishers there also advance to the Oberlin District.

Noland may be reached at rickn@ohio.net or 330-721-4061.

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