Lakota West freshman Brooke Broda and Lakota East doubles pair senior Carolyn Pitman/sophomore Taylor Holden won both of their matches in the girls’ tennis district tournament at the A.T.P Tennis Center in Mason, Oct. 14. By winning two matches, Broda and the doubles pair have advanced to the semifinals of the district tournament and earned spots into the state tournament to be held Oct. 22-23 in the Columbus area.
The top four singles players and top four doubles pairs in the district tournament automatically qualify for spots in the state tournament.
In singles action, Broda cruised to the semifinals winning her first match against Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Sydney Landers 6-2, 6-0, and her second match against Springboro freshman Aundrea Busse 6-0, 6-0.
Broda’s teammate sophomore Nicole Soutar (photo) won her first match 6-4, 6-2 against Fairmont senior Kaitlin Pickrel. Soutar then had to face Mt. Notre Dame sophomore Sandy Neihaus, who defeated Soutar 6-1, 6-2. The loss eliminated Soutar from competing in the state tournament.
Broda will face Northmont senior Marianne Bonanno in a semifinal match to be played Saturday, Oct. 16. The winner of that match will then play the winner of other semifinal, which includes Neihaus and Kings freshman Amina Ismail.
In doubles play, Pitman and Holden advanced to the state tournament by defeating Madeline Tucker and Heather Smith of Mother of Mercy (6-0, 6-0) and Caitlin Riddle and Valerie Mangold of Springboro (6-0, 6-1).
Pitman/Holden, who advanced to the doubles final in last year’s state tournament, will face the doubles pair of Annie Sabo and Maggie Egan of Ursuline in the semifinal. If the East duo can advance to the final, they will like play the Safdar sisters (Komal and Mehvish) of Ursuline.
The last day of the district tournament, which will include the semifinal and final matches, will begin at 9 a.m. this Saturday.