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Stephens, she teamed with Kaitlin Kaleel to go 14-0 through sectionals at Canton Hall of Fame courts and districts at Oberlin until the duo lost its second match at state to Lauren Ghidotti-Katie Shepher of Columbus Watterson. Still, they earned second-team All-Ohio honors. During the regular season, Allison was No. 1 singles and Kaitlin No. 2. Their doubles team formed in July, then played intermittently before resuming again in October. “It’s quite an accomplishment to win both the sectional and district competition,” former coach Pat Pavlansky — and Allison’s father — said. The girls were seeded No. 1 out of the Oberlin district going to state where they met #4 Tricia Speed-Ashley Ziegler of Cincinnati St. Ursula, 6-0, 6-0. Allison Pavlansky played No. 1 singles her first two years, before an uplifting sophomore-season finish. Allison, 16, also plays basketball. “We had a week off after we came back from state, then we had our first basketball practice, so there wasn’t much down time.” Against Watterson, Pavlansky said that she and Kaleel weren’t clicking. “We weren’t doing the things we were doing all season.” With Kaitlin graduating, Allison will have to find a new partner. Pavlansky will continue to participate in individual events during the offseason with hopes of making the Northeast Ohio team this summer and travel with them. She believes her backhand or serve are her best shots. During districts, she said she hit her opponent with an approach shot at the net. “I think she tried to move out of the way, but I ended up hitting her in the throat with the ball.”
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seniors on Canfield’s 2010 team. As a freshman under coach Pat Pavlansky, she was No. 1 doubles with Lauren Sulick. She continued playing No. 1 doubles as sophomore, then played No. 3 singles as a junior and No. 2 singles as senior. “I could play anywhere Coach puts me,” said the 17-year-old Kaleel, who considers consistency in all phases of her best quality in the sport. “As long as I get the ball on the court, I have a good chance to win,” Kaitlin said. She plays basketball, but likes the individual aspect of tennis. “It’s all on you,” Kaleel said of tennis. She started playing at clinics at age 6. “I fell in love with the sport.” Once they qualified for state, Kaitlin and Pavlansky set their goal: “We had an undefeated streak intact through our second match at state, so our goal was to win it all. But Watterson’s Lauren Ghidotti-Katie Shepher presented a serious challenge. “They came to the net every single time and it caught us off guard,” Kaitlin said. “We were down early, then worked our way back. They were good players, they really were. But we can’t be disappointed being in the top eight. We were upset with the loss, but not with our effort. We tried our hardest.” Following their same-day matches against St. Ursula and Watterson, Kaleel earned second-team All-Ohio honors. “We connect well,” she said of the similar path taken by Pavlansky.