The Miami Trace Lady Panthers tennis team played in the Division I Sectional tournament at Reynoldsburg Summit High School on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Due to temperatures being in the 90’s that day, it was decided the matches would be played with no-ad scoring.
Cameron Bucher played Anna Dinnen from Mount Vernon High School. Bucher won this match, 6-2, 7-5.
Haiven Pepper took on Jazzman Kessler of Logan High School. Pepper lost, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 4-6.
Anita Pursell played Hope Chaffin of Reynoldsburg. Pursell lost this match, 1-6, 2-6.
While Pursell’s match was in progress, Bucher began her next match, in which she was pitted against the No. 1 seed, Madeline Atway from Olentangy Liberty.
Bucher lost this match, 0-6, 0-6.
Atway went on to qualify to State, where she won one match.
Sophomore Abby Nugent of Springboro won the Division I State tennis singles championship.
Savannah Wisecup and Kenzie Seyfang faced Amya Yockey and Bailie Dicks from Zanesville. Wisecup and Seyfang came back after dropping the first set to win, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
While that match was wrapping up, Bayley Thompson and Kyleigh Slone went onto the court to play Zanesville’s Madison Schlueb and Kallie Mayles.
Thompson and Slone won this match, 6-2, 6-3.
Wisecup and Seyfang next met Sophia Anderson and Corinna Moesle of Pickerington North. Wisecup and Seyfang lost, 0-6, 0-6.
Thompson and Slone took on Kim Nguyen and Maggie Hass of Pickerington North, falling by a 0-6, 0-6 score.
“Overall, we did well for our first Sectionals in Division I with most of our girls losing to seeded teams,” Miami Trace head coach Kim Schirtzinger said. “It was an experience we will learn from for any years in the future that we are back up in Division I.”
A pair of juniors from Dublin Jerome High School, Arya Dudipala and Lalasa Nagireddy, won the Division I State tennis doubles title.