Wapakoneta nets 1st WBL title since 2001

Sports Editor

The Wapakoneta Redskins won three of the five brackets at the Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament Saturday to clinch the WBL title for the 2013 season.

Wapak won the tournament which concluded Saturday and previously went 9-0 in league matches during the regular season. The combination gave the Redskins their first WBL championship since 2001.

Accounting for Wapak’s three league championships Saturday, Allie Zofkie won the second singles title, Rachel Roberts claimed the third singles bracket and Carly Buzzard and Amanda Sims emerged victorious at second doubles.

Kiersten Wellons and Chelsea Myers were the runner-up in the first singles bracket Saturday.

“It was great. My four No. 1 seeds came through, even though Chelsea and Kiersten came in second,” Wapak coach Mike Klock said about taking the league title this season. “Winning it outright was awesome. It made homecoming night even better.”

Klock was named WBL Coach of the Year for the 2013 season.

The Redskins earned 10 points each for their first-place finish in the regular season standings and in the league tournament. Their combined 20 points edged second-place Shawnee’s 18.

Except for the first singles bracket, all four of Wapak’s No. 1 seeds reached Saturday’s semifinals after the first day of the tournament on Thursday.

Zofkie beat the No. 6 seed, Elida sophomore Meredith Little, 6-2, 6-2, in the second singles final.

Roberts topped the No. 3 seed, Van Wert senior Claire Butler, 6-3, 6-0, in the third singles championship.

Zofkie and Roberts each went 12-0 in WBL matches in 2013.

“Both of them played fantastic,” Klock said. “Allie struggled in the semifinal because she played a pusher, even though she beat her good in the regular season. But that’s what it’s all about in the tournament, and Rachel was unbelievable, to win in two sets in both the semifinals and finals.”

Buzzard and Sims edged second-seeded Shawnee junior tandem Jasmine Binod and Alexis Wei, 6-1, 6-4, in the second doubles final Saturday.

“Carly and Amanda really picked it up in the finals against Shawnee,” Klock said.

For their first defeat in WBL play, Wellons and Myers lost the first doubles final in three sets to No. 2 seed Shawnee senior Morgan Holloway and Nkiru Anigbogu, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Wellons and Myers were 11-1 in WBL matches this season.

Wapak junior Kaitlin Snider placed fifth in the tournament.

She entered it as the No. 3 seed after a 7-2 league record during the regular season.

Snider lost her first match Thursday and played her way through the back draw to place fifth and earn four points.

“If we didn’t get those four points from Kaitlin, we wouldn’t have won,” Klock said.

The Redskins received some major help Thursday with Shawnee’s second and third singles players each failing to reach the semifinals.

“We needed help from other teams,” Klock said. “Having those two Shawnee singles players lose Thursday helped us tremendously.”

The Redskins will attempt to finish their season unbeaten Tuesday, as they compete in their final regular season match with a non-league home contest against the Ada Bulldogs.

“That would be special, too,” Klock said about finishing undefeated. “We’ve got to take care of Ada and then I’m hoping we can get some girls out of sectionals to districts.”

Final league standings

1. Wapakoneta 20; 2. Shawnee 18; 3. Celina 15.5; 4. Elida 13.5; 5. Van Wert 13; 6. Defiance 10; 7. Kenton 7.5; 8. Bath 5.5; 9. Ottawa-Glandorf 4.5; St. Marys 2.5.