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Girls district tennis: Avon Lake's Anna Roggenburk wins second straight title


BATH TWP. — Anna Roggenburk insists that the road to the state tournament is a tough one.

And while that is certainly true, it would be hard to tell based the Magnificat senior’s performance.

The defending Division I state singles champion only lost six games in her four matches as she defended her Medina district championship, completing her run at the Springdale Racquet & Fitness Club on Saturday with wins over Riverside’s Angelica Ross 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals and Westlake’s Emma Peeler 6-1, 6-1 in the final.

“It feels great. I’m super excited,” said Roggenburk, who resides in Avon Lake. “I feel like I worked really hard this year and I knew it would be tough again. It was a really great match with Emma as always.”

Roggenburk and Peeler have met in the last two district and sectional finals, with both qualifying for the state tournament for the fourth time. And while Roggenburk has gotten the better of Peeler each time, the two are friends off the court.

And who knows whether or not the state tournament will produce a final encore.

“We definitely push each other,” Roggenburk said. “We’re great friends, but on the tennis court we’re super competitive. We push each other really hard and we always have a great match.”

This final, however, was all Roggenburk — who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the pair exchanged holds. Roggenburk secured another break in quick fashion, but Peeler pushed her to deuce twice on her serve before closing out the set.

Roggenburk then opened a 5-0 lead before Peeler scored a break after trailing 0-30, but Roggenburk returned the favor to close out the match.

“I came in here with a lot of confidence and I think that was huge,” Roggenburk said. “I knew that just because I won last year nothing was going to be given to me. I had to keep my confidence and mental toughness. That was huge and allowed me to win.”

Magnificat’s doubles team of Emily Pallaki and Hannah Klubnik — who reside in Avon Lake and Avon, respectively — could not punch its ticket to the state tournament, losing to the North Canton Hoover duo of Hallie Hunt and Katie Harcourt, 6-3, 6-2.

After losing the first set, Magnificat took a 2-1 lead before losing the next six.

“A lot of points went to deuce,” Pallaki said. “They were winning those really big points that we just couldn’t pull out at the end. We definitely improved compared to the beginning of the season.”

Even though they were unable to punch earn a state bid, Pallaki and Klubnik kept their focus on what was an overall strong season for the pair — including a runner-up finish at sectionals.

“I’m honestly so happy,” Kulbnik said. “Emily and I don’t play tennis that much. We don’t really do tournaments, so just to even make it to districts is a big deal. I’m really happy with how it all went.”

Westlake’s doubles team of Demi Jhaveri and Ashley Michelich made things intense in their two matches — both going to third-set tiebreakers. The duo won its semifinal over Solon’s Maggie Yang and Alexis Ratner, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6, with an 11-9 tiebreaker to cap the third.

The championship went the other way, however, with Jhaveri and Micelich losing to Mayfield’s Hannah Kassaie and Caitlyn Hsu, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Contact Chris Sweeney at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com. Follow him @CSweeneyCT on Twitter.

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