Seniors Storm Past Lady Tornadoes

By Dan Woodlock
Times-Junction Sports Editor

The script couldn't have been written much better for Willard in their final home tennis match of the season.

The Lady Flashes' six seniors, Hannah Belmares, Hannah Brown, Janelle Brubaker, Alivia Parrott, Jammie Tuttle and Claire Wiers, all garnered wins in their home finales, combining for all four of the team's match points in a 4-1 Northern Ohio League win over Columbian Thursday evening at the Willard Athletic Complex.

Two of the four victories were 12-game sweeps, as the Lady Flashes (12-4, 9-2) saw their senior-laden core add on to their tremendous final season at WHS.

Brown played First Singles on the evening and swept her way through the Lady Tornadoes' Juli Peacock, 6-0, 6-0 to improve to 12-8 on the season. Her 8-3 record in NOL matches marks a her personal-best for single-season league wins.

Willard's Second Doubles team of Belmares and Brubaker matched Brown's performance by taking down Tiffin's duo of Auble and Abbott, 6-0, 6-0.

Belmares (15-5, 7-3) has put together her most balanced season of her career in the win column, recording seven doubles wins to go along with eight singles victories. Brubaker ranks third on the team with a 17-5 record, after competing in just five total varsity matches prior to her senior season.

Tuttle's 6-3, 6-0 win against Columbian's Olivia Smith at Second Singles boosted her to a 12-10 record, and like Brown, a new career-high in NOL single-season wins, now at 7-4.

 Parrott and Wiers teamed up to charge past Columbian's First Doubles duo of Krintzline and Stephey, 6-1, 6-1, improving their record as partners to 14-1 on the year (6-0 in NOL play).

For Wiers, the win established a new season-high for her three-year varsity career. She had put together back-to-back 18-win campaigns before having Thursday's win bump her to a 19-2 mark in 2014.

Parrott improved to 20-1 on the season, her second consecutive 20-plus win season. Her chemistry with Wiers, along with one match with Brubaker, has been off the charts, as her doubles record of 15-1 has blown away her prior 22-match sample size of doubles action, which produced just an 11-11 record.

Sophomore Aspen Schmidt (0-2) had the opportunity to compete in just her second varsity match, falling at Third Singles to Hannah Hawk, 6-0, 6-0.

The Lady Flashes tangle with Norwalk on the road on Tuesday, before opening Sectional play on Thursday at Shelby.

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