Friday, September 22, 2023

Orange’s Alexis Nyborg finishes as state runner-up

Orange junior Alex Nyborg steamrolled her way into the Division II state championship match last weekend but settled for second place after a loss to the defending state champion.

Nyborg placed fourth at the state tournament in 2020.

“It was a good experience,” Nyborg said of her run to the state finals. “It was nice improving from last year, so that was good.”

Nyborg opened the state tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lima Central Catholic’s Libby Simmons and then beat Cincinnati Indian Hill’s Brooke Arrington, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, she avenged her loss in the third-place last year when she beat Archbishop Alter’s Grace Lampman, 6-0, 6-3. Lampman won the 2020 matchup, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2.

“I was pretty confident with my first match,” Nyborg said. “The second one, I saw her record and she had a pretty good record and was going three sets with really good people, so I was a little nervous for that one.”

After beating Lampman, Nyborg had another loss she hoped to avenge in the state finals.

Eaton’s Macy Hitchcock defeated Nyborg in the 2020 state semifinals, 6-3, 6-0, and the two had met several other times in tournaments.

Nyborg had beaten Hitchcock just once in their previous meetings.

“I was glad I made it to the state finals,” Nyborg said. “I knew Macy was a really good player and I had nothing to lose. I kind of knew her game and knew she was really consistent and she hits everything back.”

Hitchcock cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Nyborg to claim her second straight state title.

Nyborg settled for state runner-up honors in her third trip to the state tournament. She qualified as a freshman but did not place and last fall, she finished fourth.

With one year of high school tennis left, Nyborg has her eyes on a repeat trip to the state tournament as a senior.

“I’d like to do as well as I did this year,” she said. “I would be happy to make the semifinals and place, and try to win it, but I don’t know, that’s a tall order.”

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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