Miami Trace tennis season ends at Sectionals

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The Miami Trace Lady Panthers competed in the Division II tennis Sectional tournament, held Oct. 4 and 5 in Portsmouth.

Two Miami Trace singles players fell in the first round, while one had a first-round bye and dropped her match in the second round.

The Miami Trace doubles teams both won one match.

Jackie Wisecup had the first-round bye.

In the second round, she lost to Lyndsey Marshall of Marietta, 3-6, 4-6.

“Jackie played very well for her fourth time playing singles,” Miami Trace head coach Kim Schirtzinger said.

“Haiven Pepper took on Maggie Whitman from Notre Dame and played well. She also had only played singles a few times,” Schirtzinger said. Pepper lost, 0-6,0-6.

Cameron Bucher played singles against Madalyn Fausnaugh from Circleville and gave her a bit of a fight also, according to Schirtzinger, but ended up with a loss, 4-6, 3-6.

Bayley Thompson and Anita Pursell played together for the third time and won in the first round against Notre Dame’s Lauren Delabar and Graceann Becket with a close match of 6-4, 6-4.

Thompson and Pursell went on to play the Logan Elm team of Kendall Jones and Alex Hettinger and took a loss, 6-7, 4-6.

“Then our injured first and second singles girls, Macy Detty and Cassie VanDyke, played in our second doubles position and won their first-round match against Sarah Cunningham and Anna Estep from Minford,” Schirtzinger said. That was a three-set match, going to Miami Trace, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

In the second round Detty and VanDyke played Emily Hicks and Chelsea Carter from Portsmouth and lost that match, 1-6, 1-6.

“Overall, we had a great learning season with 80 percent of our players having never played tennis before,” Schirtzinger said. “We did not win a match but we really improved the amount of games we won against almost every team — that shows improvement because those teams should be getting better as fast as we are during the season, too.

“We also lost our first singles player, Macy Detty, to injury in the middle of the year and our next singles, Cassie VanDyke, who was playing first singles to fill Macy’s spot, to injury for the last two weeks of the regular season,” Schirtzinger said. “The other girls moved up and filled those positions like they had played there all year.

“This was a great group of girls and we had a lot of fun and we are looking forward to the future with so much experience,” Schirtzinger said. “We have absolutely loved playing on our new courts this year. All the teams that visited said they are the nicest around.

“Thank you to all who passed our levy and made these possible,” Schirtzinger said. “If you haven’t seen them, please stop by and do so. They are beautiful!”

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