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The Wapakoneta Redskins ended their historic season Thursday on the first day of districts.
Needing to reach the semifinals to participate Saturday, the Redskins managed one win Thursday in the Division I Northwest District girls tennis tournament at Bowling Green State University.
"This was all new to them, but they now know what it's going to take," Wapak varsity coach Mike Klock said. "Playing at districts is another notch up. They're playing very good competition and at sectionals, too.
"The tournament director said it's a privilege to make it to districts, let alone state," he said.
Wapak junior Kaitlin Snider won her first-round singles match Thursday, 6-3, 6-3, over Toledo St. Ursula senior Angie Jacob.
In the quarterfinals, Snider lost in two sets, 6-2, 6-3, to Sylvania Northview sophomore Abbie Ciucci.
Snider ended her season with a 23-6 record.
She was the Redskins' lone sectional champion in 2013.
"Kaitlin was disappointed in WBL, so she wanted to come outs strong at sectionals, and she did," Klock said. "To not be seeded, coming out and winning it was huge for her."
Redskins senior Rachel Roberts saw her career end Thursday as she lost 6-1, 6-1, to the Notre Dame junior Nina Eid.
The loss was Roberts' third straight in the postseason after two defeats Saturday at sectionals.
Roberts was 24-0 entering the second day of sectionals Saturday. She finished the season 24-3.
She claimed the Western Buckeye League third singles tournament title this season.
"Rachel is a fighter," Klock said. "Even though she got beat 6-1, 6-1, it was a long match against a good player. Rachel's opponent came off the court and said how much Rachel was frustrating her with the way Rachel hits the ball.
"Rachel had a great season," he said. "We could have not done it without Rachel."
Wapak's lone doubles representative, juniors Kiersten Wellons and Chelsea Myers, lost in the first round Thursday at districts, handed a two-set defeat by Whitehouse Anthony Wayne seniors McKenzie Krieg and Madison Smith.
Wellons and Myers went 9-0 together in WBL regular season matches and were the league tournament runner-up at first singles.
"I was a little disappointed," Klock said. "They came out tight. They had nerves of juniors at districts. Do they have tools to compete there? Yes, but they just weren't putting shots away, but, again, the competition was stiff.
Klock said Wellons was battling strep throat and did not practice Monday or Tuesday.
Wapak's appearance at districts Thursday marked the end of a historic season.
The Redskins went 9-0 in Western Buckeye League matches for the first time in school history, won the WBL tournament, went undefeated at 16-0 in the regular season and clinched the WBL title for the first time since 2001.
Senior Amanda Sims and junior Carly Buzzard were the WBL tournament second doubles champion.
Allie Zofkie, a freshman, won the WBL tournament and went 21-1.
"It was a great year for the whole team, not just those four who went to districts," Klock said. "I was a fantastic year."View more articles in: