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Tennis: Demons battle past Blazers; Streaks roll
Tennis: Demons battle past Blazers; Streaks rollBy Jim Horvath



The Westlake tennis team has a marathon-like slate of matches this week, playing four in four days.

So far, so good.

The Demons remained undefeated in regular season matches Tuesday with a 3-2 win over visiting Hathaway Brown at the Westlake Recreation Center courts. On Monday, they breezed through their Southwestern Conference home matchup with Berea, winning all five matches 6-0, 6-0 to move to 3-0 in league play.

As they have been so far this season, Westlake singles players Lauren Golick, Michelle Djohan and Julia Dunbar were like money in the bank in their matches this week.

Golick, the team’s top singles player, took little time in disposing of Berea’s Sophie Hopps-Weber on Monday. The Blazers’ Ariana Iranpour was a bit more of a challenge on Tuesday, but Golick still dominated 6-1, 6-0.

At second singles, Djohan used some aggressive strokes from the back line to take care of Berea’s Rachel Budzelik. She was pushed on Tuesday by Hathaway Brown’s Giana Mitchell, shaking off a loss in the second set for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 victory.

Dunbar was pushed to three sets as well at third singles against the Blazers’ Sarah Alder, also losing the second set 6-4. The Demon sophomore, however, wrapped up the win 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Dunbar had also beaten Berea’s Emma Strick in Monday’s SWC match with the Braves.

It was a mixed bag for the Westlake doubles teams the past two days.

On Monday, the first doubles team of Melissa Djohan and Bhargavi Maheshwer, along with the second doubles squad of Paavani Reddy and Dana Miller, came away with 6-0, 6-0 wins. The match ups, as well as the results, were different against Hathaway Brown.

At first doubles, Djohan teamed up with Miller, only to drop a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Pauline Marting and Maya Ahuja. The Blazers’ second doubles team of Nayab Habib and Michele Chapman had their hands full with Westlake’s duo of Reddy and Marla Milano, but were able to grab a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win.

The Demons resume SWC match play Wednesday at North Olmsted, then conclude their four-match week with a tough outing at Hudson. Westlake eliminated Hudson in the late rounds of the OTCA Coaches Cup tournament last year.

Blue Streak netters advance in Coaches Cup

Magnificat breezed through its opening round match of the Coaches Cup tournament with a 5-0 win over Avon. The blue Streaks also moved to 7-1 on the season with a 4-1 win over Kenston.

In the Avon match, first singles player Emily Witt scored an easy 6-0, 6-0 win over Abby Schwartz, while Lauren O’Malley won her second singles match over Melissa Cirilo 6-0, 6-1. Magnificat’s No. 3 player, Maddy Lugli, was a 6-1, 6-1 victor over the Eagles’ Madisyn Rini.

Kelly Plagens and Annie Foliano teamed up at first doubles to win a fierce battle with the Avon duo of Carmela Mostardi - their regular No. 1 singles player - and Megan Monroe. The Blue Streaks rallied for a hard-fought 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory.

At second doubles, Jess Hollis and Abby Lawless beat Avon’s Halle Mentler and Annie Deluca.

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