Sunday, October 2, 2022

Hanford-Nwaozuzu to meet for sectional title

The stage is set for a showdown between two of theh Chagrin Valley Conference’s and Ohio’s top tennis players to meet again for a Division II sectional title.

West Geauga’s Rylie Hanford and Orange’s Blessing Nwaozuzu both advanced to the finals of the Hawken Sectional Tournament and will play for the title today at 3:30 p.m.

Hanford advanced to the championship match with a 6-4 6-4 win over Orange’s Alexis Nyborg while Nwaozuzu reached the title bout with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Gilmour’s Carly Cohen.

The two are no strangers to each other as Hanford edged Nwaozuzu in the CVC tournament final while Nwaozuzu won the regular-season matchup. They also played several times last season, most notably Hanford’s win for third place at the OHSAA state tournament.

Nyborg and Cohen will play for third place and all four singles players advanced to the district tournament.

Hawken’s doubles team of Elle Faber and Sammi Fremont also will play for a sectional title after beating St. John’s team of Emily Cevera and Julianne Sheldon in the semifinals. Cevera and Sheldon defaulted due to injury.

Beachwood’s Anna Owens and Emily Fan will play that St. John’s team for third place.

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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