St. Marys Tennis Finishes 5th in WBL Championship

Roughriders tennis player Hannah Felver competes in the WBL Championship Thursday. She also completed Saturday in Lima where she finished second in the tournament.
Sports Editor

The St. Marys Roughriders varsity girls tennis team finished fifth place in the Western Buckeye League Championship at the UNOH campus in Lima on Saturday.

Wapakoneta won the tournament and claimed their third straight title with 56 points on Saturday.

The Roughriders finished their regular season WBL matches with a 5-4 record and 12-4 overall. This year’s finish is an improvement from last season, where St. Marys finished the regular season 2-7 in the WBL and ninth in the tournament.

In the first singles competition, freshman Clare Caywood won her match in the back draw pro set bracket, falling to Elida’s Jacey Higbie 8-2, to finish the tournament in seventh place.

Hannah Felver finished second in the second singles competition. She defeated Shawnee’s Sanjana Rajasekaran, 6-0, 6-1 and matched up against No. 1 seeded Madison Watt of Wapakoneta.
Watt defeated Felver 6-4, 6-1 for the first-place finish

In the third singles competition, No. 4 seeded Bailey Rust took down Van Wert’s Emma Verville 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in her opening match on Saturday. Rust then faced Wapakoneta’s Kate Henderson, who defeated Rust 6-0, 6-0. Rust finished the third singles competition in fourth place after losing the third-place match to Shawnee’s Whitney Baxter 6-3, 6-0.

In the first doubles competition for the Roughriders, the duo of Alyssa Finley and Jennifer Lauth were defeated by Elida’s McKinna Griffith and Elly Neal in their lone match Saturday 8-6 in the back draw pro set. Finley and Lauth finished eighth overall in the tournament.

In the second doubles competition, Jenna Perry and Jillian Wine defeated Ottawa-Glandorf’s Christine Ellerbrock and Lauren Schneeg, 8-0 in the back draw pro set bracket. Perry and Wine dropped their next set however to Celina’s Breanna Jenkins and Miranda Rable, 8-6 for a sixth place finish in the tournament.