May 25, 2016

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Tennis: Ali Garrity moves on to districts

OBERLIN — Medina soph­omore Ali Garrity was the only Medina County tennis player to advance to districts out of the Oberlin Division I Sectional.

On Thursday, the fourth­-seeded Gar­rity beat Avon Lake’s Allison Moore 6-0, 6-0 and then Westlake’s Stephanie McAllister 6-1, 6-0 to earn the berth.

She opened the tourney with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Brunswick’s Kristie Oravec.

Garrity will return to the courts Saturday to play for district seeding position. She opens against second-seeded Noelle Kaufman of Magnifi­cat.

The storybook run of the sectional belonged to Clover­leaf sophomore Ashley Ritchie.

The unseeded Ritchie began the sectional knocking off Avon’s Laura Schmitz 6-2, 6-4. She followed that with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Amherst’s Jordan Ford and a 6-2, 6-2 win over North Olm­sted’s Katherin Harmon.

Ritchie’s magical ride ended one win from districts in the quarterfinals when she lost to third-seeded Maddy Lugli 6-2, 6-3.

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