OBERLIN — Anna Roggenburk didn’t miss a beat at the Division I sectional tennis tournament Saturday.
The Magnificat junior and Avon Lake resident played the role of No. 1 seed to glowing reviews as she dropped just four total games in defnding her crown.
The two-time state qualifier and last year’s state runner-up defeated teammate Hannah Klubnik 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals and Westlake’s Emma Peeler — the No. 2 seed — 6-3, 6-0 in the championship.
Peeler managed to break Roggenburk to open their match and held two game-points in the next game, but committed three straight unforced errors as Roggenburk broke back.
That started a four-game run for the top seed, though Peeler forced deuce in two of those wins.
Peeler needed to fight off another break point, and did so, and then two points later held off of a nice backhand down the line. Roggenburk then gave her an opening with two double faults in the next game that led to Peeler getting the break she needed to put things back on serve.
Another backhand winner and a Roggenburk unforced error got the job done for Peeler.
But Roggenburk seized control from there, winning the next eight games to close out the match.
“I kept thinking about how I had four games so far,” Roggenburk said. “I just stayed mentally tough and focused.”
After committing four double faults in the first set, Roggenburk straightened things out and had none in the second. She dropped just four points on serve and did not face a break point. She lost only seven points after the opening game, which went to deuce on Peeler’s serve.
“I just started tossing the ball up more in front of me,” Roggenburk said. “And I was using my legs more, I felt I wasn’t using them as well as I should have been.”
Peeler had a similar result in her semifinal. Down 4-3 to Rocky River’s Sarah Robertson, the No. 3 seed, Peeler won the last nine to close out the match, including five breaks.
“At first I wasn’t really playing my game,” said Peeler, who is headed to districts for the third straight year and is a two-time state qualifier. “I was a little nervous at first so I had to get used to it, get rid of my nerves and then start playing how I usually play.”
In doubles, the top-seeded team of Olivia Rondini and Alexandra Vesikallio took the crown, defeating St. Joseph Academy’s Julie Lorincz (an Avon resident) and Melissa Martin (Columbia Station) 6-0, 6-1 in the semis 6-0, 6-1.
The duo then topped Westlake’s Demetria Jhaveri and Ashley Michelich 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
All Saturday’s players had already qualified to next week’s district tournament in Akron.
Championship: Anna Roggenburk (Magnificat) def. Emma Peeler (Westlake) 6-3, 6-0. Third: Sarah Robertson (Rocky River) def. Hannah Klubnik (Magnificat) 6-0, 6-1. Semifinals: Roggenburk def Klubnik 6-0, 6-1; Peeler def. Robertson 6-4, 6-0.
Championship: Olivia Rondini/Alexandra Vesikallio (Magnificat) def. Demetria Jhaveri/Ashley Michelich (Westlake) 6-2, 6-0. Third: Niki Zuber/Emily Pallaki (Magnificat) def. Julie Lorincz/Melissa Martin (St. Joseph) 6-2, 6-2. Semifinals: Rondini/Vesikallio def. Lorincz/Martin 6-0, 6-1; Jhaveri/Michelich def. Zuber/Pallaki 7-5, 6-3.