By Dan Woodlock
Times-Junction Sports Editor
Aspen Schmidt established her new career-high for wins and three more players continued to add onto their break-out seasons in Willard’s 3-2 Northern Ohio League tennis victory over Ontario Tuesday night at the Willard Athletic Complex.
Schmidt teamed up with her season-long partner, Claire Buss, to dominate their Second Doubles match against Abbie Judson and Macey Kinney, 6-1, 6-2. The WHS tandem improved to 14-5 overall (5-2 in the NOL). The 14th win surpassed Schmidt’s 13-win performance as a junior and boosted her career doubles record to 27-14.
“Claire and Aspen played very well,” said WHS Head Coach Josh Bauerle. “They had good strokes and good serves. At Second Doubles, it’s important to be able to keep the ball in play and force mistakes.”
Willard (8-5, 5-2) swept doubles play on the evening, en route to snapping what was a three-match losing skid. Addie Slone and Jolynn Brubaker improved to 11-5 (6-0 in the NOL) with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jordan Garoline and Brie Cortelletti at First Singles. Ontario nearly fought back from a 5-2 deficit in the first set, but the Lady Flashes would not fold.
Emma Moll (9-8, 5-2) continued her impact in her first full varsity season, downing Megan Workman, 6-2, 6-4, at Second Singles.
“Emma played a clean match and was working on trying to move the ball around on her opponent,” said Bauerle. “She has improved so much.”
Swept in the first meeting, Ontario nabbed two singles matches in their loss. Shivane Chawla downed Jessica Beamer, 6-3, 6-1, at First Singles, while Amy Williams topped Carlee Gibson, 6-4, 6-4, at Third.
“I had a feeling the rematch would be closer,” said Bauerle. “We’re at that odd point of the season where you feel like you’ve been at it for a while and lose your focus. We need to go after every win we can.”Addy Paxton won at jayvee singles and also garnered a doubles win with Whitney Robinson.