Nothing’s been easy for the Buckeye Valley girls tennis team this season … that’s why Thursday’s 4-1 win over visiting Pleasant, its first of the year, meant so much.
“They’ve been working so hard this season,” BV coach Laura Pappa said. “This is well-deserved.”
The Barons picked up a pair of quick singles wins. Senior co-captain Lexi Poulton beat Arielle Wenig 6-1, 6-0 at first singles and sophomore Robin Wilson handled Ashton Johnson 6-3, 6-1 at third singles.
The other two wins were of the nail-biting variety. Julie Sparks, the team’s other senior co-captain, dug herself out of an early hole to outlast Gretchen Dunaway 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 at second singles and the duo of Gianna Garnett and Megan Shearer won 6-4, 7-6 at second doubles.
Hayes 4, Worthington Kilbourne 1
The Pacers swept the doubles action and picked up wins on two of the three singles courts to notch a solid league win over the Wolves Thursday afternoon.
Hayes winners included Paris Knipp (6-2, 6-2 at second singles), Renae Haferman (6-4, 6-4 at third singles), Emily Miklas and Erika Johnson (6-0, 6-0 at first doubles) and Anna England and Bridget Johnson (6-2, 6-0 at second doubles).
Orange 5, Westerville South 0
The Pioneers swept away the host Wildcats en route to a decisive OCC-Buckeye Division win Thursday in Westerville.
Livie Mauger won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Hannah Logan won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and Abby Butler cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles.
In doubles action, Mary Damko and Izzy Prislusky combined to notch a 6-0, 6-0 win at first doubles while Grace Bezold and Heather Barnes won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.
Big Walnut 5, Newark 0
The Golden Eagles were sharp Thursday in Sunbury, sweeping away visiting Newark.
BW winners included Macie Kercsmar (6-0, 6-0 at first singles), Lindsay Hill (6-0, 6-1 at second singles), Alexandria Kirkpatrick (6-4, 6-4 at third singles), Katie Germann and Kayleigh Cummins (7-6, 6-3 at first doubles) and Anna Faust and Maria Boyer (6-0, 6-0 at second doubles).
Riley Mathias had one of Hayes’ three goals and Emily Mathias assisted on the other two as the Pacers rolled to a 3-1 non-league win over visiting Reynoldsburg Thursday in Delaware.
Abbie Jennings and Ashley Smiley also scored while Ahdrin Bordner anchored the defense with four saves in the Pacer net.
Buckeye Valley 1, Marysville 1
Anna Cox sent a corner kick into the box and Jillian Hon headed it home to account for Buckeye Valley’s lone goal in Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Marysville.
Camy Crawford finished with 12 saves in the BV goal.
Also: Orange 3, Watterson 3.
Dublin Coffman 3, Orange 1; Liberty 3, Watterson 0.
Maddie Fogg quarterbacked the offense with 35 assists and Heather Littlejohn chipped in a team-high 10 kills as Liberty handled Newark 25-16, 19-25, 25-5, 25-15 in non-league action Thursday night.
Other Patriot standouts included Madison Brenner, who had nine kills; Audrey Meeker, who finished with 19 digs; and Haylie Beck, who closed with a pair of aces.
Hilliard Davidson 3, Olentangy 2
The Braves rallied to force a fifth set after dropping each of the first two, then erased a 5-10 deficit in the fifth before the rally fell short in Thursday’s 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 12-15 loss to Hilliard Davidson.
Olivia Margolies led the way with 17 kills and 14 digs. Other Olentangy standouts included Nhu Do, who finished with 13 kills; Emily Margolies, who had 11 kills and seven digs; Lexie Weithman, who closed with 25 digs; and Madyson Chitty, who had 20 digs of her own.
Riley Dean nabbed medalist honors with a 36 as Orange carded a combined 167 to finish second against visiting Watterson and Hilliard Davidson Thursday at Blackhawk.
Other Pioneer scorers included Ashley Au (39), Brittany Miller (42), Rachael Nobile (50) and Emily Fisher (52).
Watterson won with a 161 while Davidson smoothed out the scoring summary with a 178.
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