Wapakoneta Redskins freshman Madison Watt returns the ball Tuesday in a non-league varsity girls tennis match against the Ada Bulldogs at the Wapakoneta Rotary Courts at Wapakoneta High School. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)
With a 5-0 win over the Ada Bulldogs, the Wapakoneta Redskins completed the first undefeated season in program history Tuesday, finishing the 2013 season with a 16-0 record in match play during the regular season.
The unbeaten mark punctuated an already accomplished season which saw Wapak go 9-0 in Western Buckeye League matches, take first at the WBL tournament and clinch the WBL championship for 2013.
“It takes seven solid players, and that’s what we’ve had all year,” Wapak varsity coach Mike Klock said. “We have players who put the time in. Offseason work is everything in tennis. If one of those girls didn’t do offseason work, none of this would have happened.”
Klock said no matter what happens in the team’s postseason, 2013 has already been a success.
“No matter what, the girls should be proud,” Klock said. “The big joy was winning the WBL outright, and whatever happens at sectionals would be icing on the cake.”
The Redskins shuffled around its lineup slightly in their regular season finale Tuesday against Ada.
Kaitlin Snider edged MacKenzie Wills, 6-2, 6-4, at first singles Tuesday.
Rachel Roberts, at second singles in place of Allie Zofkie, shut out Meredith Marshall, 6-0, 6-0.
Roberts and Zofkie each finished 21-0 during the regular season.
Chelsea Myers, normally at first doubles, beat Hailey Maier, 6-0, 6-1, in the third singles match.
Carly Buzzard, who typically plays second doubles, joined Kiersten Wellons at first doubles. They combined to blank Libbie Milks and Meredith Morgan, 6-0, 6-0.
Making her third appearance in a varsity match this season, Madison Watt played Tuesday with Mackenzie Kaverman, who went 8-1 with Buzzard at second doubles this season.
Watt and Kaverman handled Alex James and Olivia Garden, 6-0, 6-1.
The Redskins will begin postseason play Thursday starting with a two-day Division I Northwest District sectional tournament at Findlay High School, which will conclude Saturday.
Wapak will face some unfamiliar foes at the sectional Thursday.
Out of Bowling Green, Findlay, Lima Senior, Marion Harding and Perrysburg, the Redskins have faced only Lima Senior this season.
“Perrysburg is going to be a tough team at sectionals,” Klock said. “We’re behind the eight ball because we haven’t faced any of these teams.”
The top four singles players and doubles teams will advance from sectionals will advance to the Division I Northwest District tournament Oct. 10 at Bowling Green State University.
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