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Girls tennis 2018: Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk has plenty to play for, including a second straight state championship

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    Magnificat High School's Anna Roggenburk lunges to return a serve during a match last season. Roggenburk, an Avon Lake resident, is looking to win her second straight Division I state singles championship this season.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE FILE

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Before last season, Anna Roggenburk said her goal was to win a state singles championship.

After all, the Magnificat tennis standout and Avon Lake resident had already led the Blue Streaks to a team state title the year before while finishing second in the state individually.

Roggenburk then went out and took care of business, capturing the Division I state singles title.

So what’s next for the uber-accomplished senior? Leadership.

“My goal going into this season is to hopefully be a really good leader,” said Roggenburk, the Blue Streaks’ team captain. “With this being my last season, I want to make it count.”

Roggenburk is still as motivated as ever, which means Magnificat is in a great spot to make another run at state.

But Roggenburk doesn’t want to just be a leader on the courts. She also wants to set an example that will leave a lasting impression on her younger teammates.

“It feels great to be captain of this team because all the girls are so nice and they’re also very hard-working players,” Roggenburk said. “I want to push this team to reach its full potential.”

Roggenburk’s focus can be her game this season, however, since she has already made her college choice. Flushed with Division I offers, Roggenburk decided to stay in Ohio and play for Xavier University.

“I’m verbally committed to play at Xavier University next season so I just want to make the most of this last year here at Magnificat,” Roggenburk said.

While last year produced a wonderful memory for Roggenburk, it wasn’t easy. She had to pull of a big comeback in her state semifinal match to even have a chance at the title.

Things didn’t look too good as her opponent, Columbus Centennial’s Zoey Weil, won the first set 6-4 and raced out to a big lead in the second.

Roggenburk never quit, however, reeling off wins in 10 of the next 11 games and going on for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win.

Following the close call, Roggenburk left no doubts in the championship match, blanking Pickerington North sophomore Cassie Alcala.

Despite all her success at the high school level, Roggenburk is always trying to get better. That’s why she didn’t celebrate her state title for long last year, choosing instead to get right to work on some parts of her game she felt were lacking.

“I’m specifically trying to work on coming to the net more and finding the right balls to move in on,” Roggenburk said.

Even a subtle improvement in an area like that could mean problems for any opponent that gets in her way this year.

Contact Paul Williams at (440) 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.


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