Marion Harding wins MOAC girls tennis crown

By Andrew Carter - [email protected]

Galion seniors Katelyn Smith and Cassidy Ivy each picked up victories on Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference girls tennis tournament played at Buckeye Valley High School and Smith Park in Delaware.

Marion Harding claimed the team championship for the second consecutive season thanks to wins by Fallyn Stephens at first singles and Alli Russell and Maggie Pitts at second doubles. It was the second straight individual title for Stephens. The Presidents benefited from three second-place finishes at second and third singles and first doubles.

Smith finished fourth in the first singles tournament. She defeated Sarah Short of Pleasant in the first round, 6-1, 6-2, then lost to Fallyn Stephens of Marion Harding in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1. In the third-place match, Smith lost to Arianna Phrakornkham from Buckeye Valley, 8-3.

Ivy placed fifth in the second singles tournament. She dropped her opening match to Pleasant’s Brooke Bove, 6-2, 6-4, but rebounded to defeat Brienna Garber of Buckeye Valley, 9-7, in the fifth-place match.

At third singles, Galion’s Marisa Brenich came in sixth place. She lost to Marion Harding’s Ashley Russell, 6-1, 6-0, in the first match and then dropped an 8-3 decision to Alex Garber from Buckeye Valley in the fifth-place match.

Galion’s first doubles duo Dani Court and Tori Chandler finished sixth in that tournament. Eventual doubles champs Lindsey Morris and Alexis Poulton from Buckeye Valley defeated Court and Chandler in the first round, 6-0, 6-1. Court and Chandler lost to Jonathan Alder’s Kelli Geers and Jenna Mink by default in the fifth-place match.

Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Girls Tennis Tournament

Team Results

1. Marion Harding 24

2. Jonathan Alder 20

3. River Valley 12

4. Buckeye Valley 11

5. Pleasant 10

6. Galion 3

Singles/Doubles Results

First singles — 1. Fallyn Stephens, Marion Harding; 2. Brenna Holmberg, Jonathan Alder; 3. Arianna Phrakornkham, Buckeye Valley; 4. Katelyn Smith, Galion; 5. Sarah Short, Pleasant; 6. Isabella Smith, River Valley

Second singles — 1. Chloe Grove, Jonathan Alder; 2. Alyssa Moodley, Marion Harding; 3. Brooke Bove, Pleasant; 4. Taylor Hawk, River Valley; 5. Cassidy Ivy, Galion; 6. Brienna Garber, Buckeye Valley

Third singles — 1. Mikayla Holland, Jonathan Alder; 2. Ashley Russell, Marion Harding; 3. Julie Lackey, River Valley; 4. Evanelly Rodriguez, Pleasant; 5. Alex Garber, Buckeye Valley; 6. Marisa Brenich, Galion

First doubles — 1. Lindsey Morris/Alexis Poulton, Buckeye Valley; 2. Madison Randolph/Sydney Street, Marion Harding; 3. Leah DeVore/Edwards, River Valley; 4. Kise/Drollinger, Pleasant; 5. Kelli Geers/Jenna Mink, Jonathan Alder; 6. Dani Court/Tori Chander, Galion

Second doubles — 1. Alli Russell/Maggie Pitts, Marion Harding; 2. Call/Vora, River Valley; 3. Phinney/Troyer, Jonathan Alder; 4. Klaiber/Dunaway, Pleasant; 5. Mullins/Margraaf, Buckeye Valley; 6. Galion (default)

By Andrew Carter

[email protected]

Reach Carter at 419-468-1117, ext. 2048, or on Twitter @ACGalionSports.

Reach Carter at 419-468-1117, ext. 2048, or on Twitter @ACGalionSports.