June 27, 2016

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Dunbar seeded first, Deimling fourth

MEDINA — Two Medina County tennis players will be seeded when the Medina Division I Sectional starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Medina High courts.
Undefeated Cloverleaf freshman Emily Dunbar is the No. 1 seed in singles play, while Medina’s red-hot Emma Deimling is the fourth seed.
All five county schools with girls tennis programs — Cloverleaf, Medina, Highland, Wadsworth and Brunswick — will be at the event, which is tentatively scheduled to continue at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The semifinals and finals in singles and doubles will be held a week from today beginning at 9 a.m.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles will advance to the following week’s Oberlin College District, where the top six in each will go on to the state tournament.
Dunbar, ranked among the top 100 in the country by the United States Tennis Association for players 14-and-under, is 20-0 and won the Suburban League Tournament at first singles. She has lost one game in 241 games played.
Deimling, also a freshman, has won 10 of her last 13 matches to improve to 15-6 on the season. If the seeds go true to form, she will play Dunbar in the semifinals a week from today.
The other county singles player to watch is Highland junior Allie Welch. The two-time All-Gazette pick is the only player to win a game off Dunbar this season and finished third at first singles at the SLT.
Welch, who lost 6-1, 6-2 to Deimling in a dual match a day after playing three times in the SLT, is in the same bracket as the Bees ninth-grader, meaning they could meet in the quarterfinals with a district berth on the line.
No county doubles teams are seeded at the Medina Sectional, but 2012 All-Gazette pick Kiersten Castner, who has been battling a knee injury, and partner Kali Deem could make a little noise. Castner played first singles for the Grizzlies during the regular season and Deem won the SLT at second singles.
If the seniors win their first match, they could potentially meet Highland’s Claire Cressman and Macie Petrich in the next round, with the winner likely to face North Royalton’s third-seeded Alex Haines and Abby Packard in the quarterfinals. The winner of that match would be guaranteed a district berth.
Walsh Jesuit’s Molly Sandberg is seeded second in singles play, while Hudson’s Kati Mdzinarishvili is No. 3.
Walsh’s Gina Costanzo and Emily Hissong are the top-seeded doubles team, while Hudson’s Connie Chen and Grace Graham are No. 2.
Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

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