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Girls tennis: Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk cruises to fourth trip to state

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    Magnificat senior and Avon Lake resident Anna Roggenburk.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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BATH TWP. — Anna Roggenburk knows the drill.

The Magnificat senior and Avon Lake resident secured her fourth berth in the Division I state tennis tournament Thursday, winning two matches at Springside Racquet & Fitness Club to reach the semifinals.

“I just try to play my game,” said Roggenburk, who beat Canfield’s Kate Ross 6-1, 6-0 in the first round and Strongsville’s Paige Meyers 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. “Once I get ahead, it gives me a chance to work on some things, and that gives me more confidence.”

A state qualifier as a freshman, state finalist as a sophomore and state champion as a junior, Roggenburk is ahead in almost all her matches. She will meet Solon sectional champ Angelica Ross of Riverside in the semifinals Saturday at 9 a.m. Magnificat teammate Olivia Rondini will play Westlake’s Emma Peeler in the other half of the singles bracket.

A year ago, Roggenburk beat Peeler in the district championship — she also beat her in the Oberlin sectional final last week — en route to a state title.

“With the way I am, I feel like I should (repeat as state champ),” said Roggenburk, who will play college tennis at Xavier. “I want to win again. I know how great that feeling is, so I’m chasing that feeling again. I want to win, but I won’t be too hard on myself if I don’t.”

In addition to Roggenburk and Rondini, Magnificat will have Avon Lake resident Emily Pallaki and Avon resident Hannah Klubnik in the doubles competition Saturday.

Pallaki and Klubnik beat Massillon Jackson’s Emma Henson and Sam Reese 7-6, 6-3 in the first round, but struggled with their serves in losing 6-1, 6-3 to Highland’s Emily Hadler and Rachel Fannin in the quarterfinals.

Pallaki and Klubnik will play Walsh Jesuit’s Tatum Carmichael and Katie Devine. If they win, they are guaranteed the top-six placement necessary to reach the state tournament.

Magnificat’s other doubles team of Avon’s Audrey Smitek and Avon Lake’s Alexis Ospelt lost 6-4, 6-2 to Solon’s Maggie Yang and Alexis Ratner in the first round, while the St. Joseph Academy doubles team of Cassie Van Etten (Avon Lake) and Abby Weaver fell 6-0, 6-0 to Mayfield’s Hannah Kassaie and Caitlyn Hsu.

Westlake’s Peeler, who lost in the first round at state last year, will be joined in the semifinals by the Demons doubles team of Demi Jhaveri and Ashley Michelich. They will face Solon’s Yang and Ratner.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.


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