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If they didn’t have a bulls-eye on their back already, the Wapakoneta Redskins certainly have one now.
Wapak defeated the Shawnee Indians, 4-1, on Wednesday in a critical Western Buckeye League match in varsity girls tennis action.
The win kept Wapak undefeated on the season at 8-0 overall and gave the Redskins control of the WBL race with a 5-0 league record with four matches to play.
“We needed a team effort,” Wapak varsity coach Mike Klock said. “I just wanted to escape with a 3-2 victory.
“I knew it was going to be close, because I knew Shawnee was going to come after us from the Lima tournament. We had a bulls-eye on our back.”
Wapak won the Lima City Tournament on Aug. 24, beating out Shawnee and several other WBL schools for the title.
Wapak’s win Wednesday followed one Tuesday over Celina, who was also unbeaten in WBL play.
“The last two nights have been huge for us,” Klock said. “This is the first time we’ve beaten Celina and Shawnee in eight years. They’ve dominated us over the years. It’s nice to get revenge on them.”
Shawnee is a perennial power within the WBL, having won at least a share of 18 of the league’s 44 titles, with a winning percentage of .900. Through 2012, at 250 wins all time, Shawnee is the only WBL school with more than 200, and, at 28 losses, is the only league with fewer than 100 losses.
After a tight first set, 7-5, Allie Zofkie topped Anita Kottapalli, 6-0, in second singles.
Rachel Roberts handled Monica Glick, 6-1, 6-0, at third singles.
In first doubles, Kiersten Wellons and Chelsea Myers defeated Morgan Holloway and Nkiru Anigbogu, 6-3, 6-2.
The last of the five matches to finish, Wednesday’s second doubles match went to three-sets, after Wapak had already won three other matches to clinch a victory.
Wapak’s duo of Carly Buzzard and Amanda Sims pushed for a win after dropping the first set, 5-7, to win two straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, over Jasmine Binod and Alexis Wei.
The Redskins’ lone loss Wednesday came at first singles, as Isabella Baird edged Kaitlin Snider, who was leading the second set, 4-1, before Baird rallied for the win, 6-0, 6-4.
“All seven girls played well, even Kaitlin,” Klock said. “She should have won that second set, but Isabelle is a good player for Shawnee.”
Wapak and Shawnee played in front of a few dozen spirited fans Wednesday at the Wapakoneta Rotary Courts at the high school, as the importance of the match within the WBL combined with Wapak’s unblemished record garnered the interest.
“The nice thing is we had the fan support, being at home,” Klock said. “When you have 50-60 people watching a girls tennis match, that’s great.
“In the past, we had just parents. Now we’re getting community people, too,” he said. “When you’re winning, it’s a pretty neat thing.”
The Redskins will attempt to continue those winning ways today with another home match in WBL play against the Defiance Bulldogs.
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