Members of the Wapakoneta High School girls tennis team pose with their plaques after winning the Lima City Invitational on Saturday at the Collett Street Courts in Lima. They include Chelsea Myers, Mackenzie Kaverman, Carly Buzzard, assistant coach Mike Wellons, varsity coach Mike Klock, Kaitlin Snider, Allie Zofkie and Kiersten Wellons. Not pictured is Rachel Roberts. (Photo provided/Stacy Myers)
By winning the Lima City Invitational, the Wapakoneta Redskins received good news as far as the Western Buckeye League race goes, since virtually all of the WBL tennis schools competed there Saturday with Wapakoneta at the Collett Street Courts in Lima.
The Redskins won the tournament with 96 points, ahead of WBL foe Shawnee’s 81.
Wapak varsity coach Mike Klock described how Saturday’s tournament positions his team in the WBL race.
“I’m real pleased. With WBL teams there, it shows we’ve got a chance,” Klock said. “We are headed in the right direction in that regard.”
Four of Wapak’s five positions reached the championship match Saturday.
“It was a great day,” Wapak varsity coach Mike Klock said, “but it was a long day.”
The tournament was played under the pro set format, with each match being decided by the first player to win eight games, as opposed to the traditional best of three sets format.
“That was to our advantage,” Klock said of the pro set format. “It requires a better start and we were able to do that.”
Wapak freshman Allie Zofkie and senior Rachel Roberts each won their bracket Saturday, at second and third singles, respectively.
“Allie played really well. She played consistent, as did Rachel,” Klock said.
Zofkie beat Shawnee in the finals, 8-2, while Roberts topped Celina in the finals, 8-2.
The Redskins’ two doubles teams were each runner-up Saturday.
At first singles, Kiersten Wellons and Chelsea Myers lost to LCC, 8-5.
“Our first doubles team played well,” Klock said. “They beat a tough Shawnee team in the second match, 8-7, on a tiebreaker. I’m pleased with them.”
Carly Buzzard and Mackenzie Kaverman were narrowly defeated by Shawnee, 8-7, in the second doubles final.
“Second doubles played well, too,” Klock said. “They could have won that finals match but got off to a slow start.”
Wapak’s first singles representative, Kaitlin Snider, won her first match of the tournament but then lost two straight to be eliminated.
“Snyder had a rough day,” Klock said. “It was disappointing for her to not reach at least the semifinals.”
Wapak will continue its season today with a home match at 4:30 p.m. against Bath in WBL play.
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