By Ben Stroup
The Olentangy girls tennis team was sharp in its first OCC-Capital Division match of the season, sweeping the singles courts en route to a 4-1 win Tuesday in Lewis Center.
The Braves were led by Bri Brdicka, who handled Abby Friend 6-0, 6-0 at first singles; Kathleen Jones, who beat Kayleigh Cummins 6-0, 6-0 at second singles; Janie Miller, who knocked off Lindsey Hill 6-3, 6-3 at third singles; and the duo of Sydney Hall and Alyssa Shakley, who combined to beat Hannah Moroz and Anna Faust 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at first doubles.
The Golden Eagles’ lone win came at second doubles, where Katie Germann and Lexie Kirkpatrick defeated Sophie Tayade and Jothsna Sabbasani 7-5, 6-2.
Hayes 3, Worthington Kilbourne 2
The Hayes girls tennis team picked up its second straight win, edging visiting Worthington Kilbourne 3-2 in the OCC-Capital Division opener Tuesday in Delaware.
The Pacers’ doubles teams led the way with a pair of wins. Kara Wegmiller and Kelsey Knodell combined to beat Lexi Steven and Lauryn Thomas 6-4, 6-0 at first doubles while the duo of Paris Knipp and Jillian Goulet handled Lina Zarnitsa and Ellie Spitznogle 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles.
Anna Adams picked up the squad’s other win, rallying past the Wolves’ Anna Zellar 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 at second singles.
Olentangy put together a solid round, but still lost ground to New Albany during the second of four OCC-Capital matches Monday at Darby Creek Golf Club.
Halfway through, the Braves sit second in the league after nabbing runner-up honors at each of the first two events. They shot a combined 314 Monday. New Albany won with a 309, adding to the cushion it gained by winning the first league match a week ago at Apple Valley.
Hayes’ Grant Godfrey nabbed individual medalist honors with a 72.
Garrett Varanelli led Olentangy with a 75 while Matthew Homza (77), Nick Scott (81) and Ryan Wright (81) smoothed out the team’s top four.
Big Walnut finished third at Darby Creek, firing a 326 — a round a full 10 strokes better than the one it had at Apple Valley. The Golden Eagles moved from fifth to fourth in the league standings thanks to the efforts of Michael Ford (76), Austin Schone (78), Nick Dimitroff (85) and Parker Imertreijs (87).
Orange finished fourth with a 328, getting solid rounds from Spencer Gifford (77), Zach Mahon (79) and John Mikulec (81), and Hayes finished seventh with a combined 366 despite Grant Godfrey’s medal-winning effort.
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