Cold didn’t bother D2 tennis winners

BOARDMAN –The brisk breeze moved through the corridor between the barrier separating the upper part of the Boardman High School athletic complex and the five caged tennis court on the other side.

The 40-degree weather made most shiver during the semifinals and finals of the Division II Boardman Sectional girls tennis tournament Saturday morning.

Lakeview’s Laura Garvin, the top seed in the sectional, appreciated the break from the humidity experience during Monday’s matches. She took advantage, beating fourth-seeded Cardinal Mooney’s Marissa Landers in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-2 and Struthers’ Daniella Mendel, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the singles final.

“I actually don’t mind playing in the colder weather,” Garvin said. “I think it’s more comfortable than playing in the hotter weather. Once the sun came out today, it was much more comfortable today than it was Monday.”

Landers beat second-seeded Lanna Dellick of Ursuline in the third-place match, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-3. Mendel beat Dellick in the other semifinal, 7-6 (13-11), 6-3.

Ursuline’s doubles team of top-seeded Anna Morgione and Emma Thornton rolled through the competition to beat Poland’s Ally Andrews and Adeline Schweers in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1, and third-seeded John F. Kennedy Caitlyn Condoleon and Sophia Zamarelli, 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

This Irish team didn’t let cold bother them.

“As soon as we play, I’ll be fine,” Morgione said before her semifinal match.

Andrews and Schweers beat Struthers’ Renee Leonard and Emily Vo in the third-place match, 6-2, 6-4, while Condoleon and Zamarelli beat Leonard and Vo in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-0.

The singles and doubles are seeded one through four for next week’s district in Akron based on their finish Saturday.

As far as Saturday morning’s cold, it was a state of mind.

“I love the cold weather,” Schweers said. “I picture I’m at the beach and work harder.”

DIVISION I: Howland’s Kate Li is a four seed at next week’s Division I district in Akron.

She lost to Hudson’s Laura Nijhuis in the Division I Solon Sectional semifinals, 6-1, 6-3 and Hudson’s Sunny Fan in the third-place match, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2.

Second-seeded Anna Kan of Canfield beat third-seeded Ava Valko of Boardman in a Division I Canton Sectional singles semifinal, but Kan, who made state last season, lost to top-seeded North Canton Hoover’s Lauren Utterback in the final. Valko beat fourth-seeded Hoover’s Lilly Altman in the third-place match.


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