Saturday, June 15, 2024

CVC tennis players serve up state berths

Two individuals and three doubles teams from the Chagrin Valley Conference earned state tournament berths with top-four finishes at the district championships over the weekend.

Orange senior Alexis Nyborg will return to the state tournament after she placed second at the district tournament and teammate Blake Rothchild, a senior, will join her after finishing fourth.

Nyborg, the defending Division II state runner-up, won her first two matches 6-0, 6-0 and then topped Hathaway Brown’s Summer Mu in the semifinals, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Due to injury, she withdrew from the championship bout against Laurel’s Ellie Brotherton with the score 2-6, 7-6, 1-1.

Rothchild advanced to the semifinals with 6-2, 6-3, and 6-0, 6-0 wins. She lost to Brotherton in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-2, and then fell to Mu in the third-place match, 6-3, 6-0.

Hawken will send two doubles teams to the state tournament while Perry advanced one.

Senior Eliana Yang and junior Hayley Garber earned a return trip to the state tournament after placing second at the district tournament.

They opened with 6-3, 6-1, and 6-3, 6-2 wins before falling to Hathaway Brown’s Ally and Kate Mills in the doubles championship, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5.

Hawken freshman Dani Forte and sophomore Bella Hsieh will join their teammates at the state tournament. They finished the district with a 2-2 record with a loss to the eventual champions in the semifinals and a 6-0, 6-4 setback to Perry’s team of junior Lily Walker and sophomore Audrey Austin in the third-place match.

Walker and Austin won their first two matches, 6-1, 6-1, and 6-3, 6-2, before falling to Yang and Garber in the semifinals, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. They closed out the tournament with a win over Forte and Hsieh.

The state tournament brackets will be posted here.


Steve Hare
Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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