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State ranked Demons dominate in SWC three peat
State ranked Demons dominate in SWC three peatBy Jim Horvath

Total domination.

Those are the only words that can describe Westlake’s run in the 2011 Southwestern Conference Tennis Tournament Saturday in Medina.

Oh wait. There are two more words:

Three peat.

The state-ranked Demons, ranked third in Division I in the first Ohio Tennis Coaches Association poll Tuesday, got out the brooms and swept the rest of the field away. Westlake won all five titles and lost just one set the entire day to earn their third straight league championship.

The Demons scored 40 team points, getting past Brecksville’s tally of 34 and the third-place score of 27 turned in by Olmsted Falls. Avon Lake took fourth with 25 points, while North Olmsted came in tied for fifth with Amherst at 18 points each.

As expected, the Demon trio of Lauren Golick, Michelle Djohan and Julia Dunbar were virtually untouchable, losing just one game each. The doubles squads, in a state of flux throughout the season, came together to help the team complete the sweep.

Golick, a junior, won her third SWC championship in claiming the first singles crown. She blanked Midpark’s Tia Nikova and Falls’ Claire Rickner 6-0, 6-0, then took care of Avon Lake’s Erin Hrivnak, 6-0, 6-1, in the title match.

Senior Michelle Djohan, the only other Demon to compete on all three SWC championship squads, claimed the second singles title in similar fashion. She started her day with 6-0, 6-0 wins over Midpark’s Lexi Champion and Sarah Stark of Olmsted Falls.

In the championship match, she defeated Brecksville’s Abby Smith, 6-1, 6-0.

Sophomore Julia Dunbar, a conference champion last year in doubles, won her first SWC singles title Saturday. She blanked Bera’s Katie Blisch, 6-0, 6-0, then bested Maria Antonescu of North Olmsted 6-1, 6-0. Brecksville’s Caitlin Koprowski was no match for Dunbar in the finals in a 6-0, 6-0 final.

First doubles was a bit tougher battle, even though sophomore Melissa Djohan and senior Dana Miller had the top seed. Things started out easy enough as the duo scored a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Berea’s Candie Hammond and Emma Strick.

In the semifinals, the Olmsted Falls duo of Meghan Barrett and Kristin Austin put up a fight, but eventually fell 6-4, 6-1. meanwhile in the lower bracket, Brecksville’s third-seeded team of Talia Lionetti and Madeline Knetig were knocking off second-seeded Jamie Carpenter and Amanda Harley of Avon Lake, 6-4, 6-3.

In the title match, the Bees made their bid for s second straight upset with a 6-2 win in the first set. Djohan and Miller, however, quickly turned things around and won the championship with winning sets of 6-1, 6-1.

Senior Bhargavi Maheswer and sophomore Paavani Reddy won in straight sets in all three of their matches to clam the SWC second doubles championship.

In the opening round, they blanked Berea’s Quarina Raissa-Vashti and Abbey Sarver-Verhey 6-0, 6-0. In the semifinals, the Demon duo fought off an early challenge to earn a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ashley Raffay and Mauren Schindler of Olmsted Falls.

Maheswer and Reddy helped make it a perfect day for the Demons by fending off Brecksville’s Abby Lange and Hanna Olsen 6-2, 6-1.

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