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Girls tennis: Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk rolls to first district title

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    Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk



MONTROSE — Anna Roggenburk can add another accomplishment to an already impressive list.

The Magnificat junior and Avon Lake resident brought home her first district championship with two wins Saturday.

She beat Westlake’s Emma Peeler 6-1, 6-4 in the final after topping Rocky River’s Sarah Robertson 6-1, 6-1 in the semis.

She will return to the state tournament for the third year after finishing second last season.

“It feels really good to win this year,” Roggenburk said of the district championship. “I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. Last year we had high expectations, but I’m just trying to go in there, have fun and see how well I can do if I play my best.”

Her opponents finished second and third at the Oberlin sectional Oct. 7, a tournament Roggenburk won by again beating Peeler 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

This time around, Roggenburk set the tone early, losing just one of the first 11 games and holding serve her first five times.

She lost just four points on serve during that span.

Peeler made things interesting on two occasions in the first set. Down 30-40 and 2-0, she saved a break point with a forehand winner then followed it up with a strong first serve to give her the first game-point of the day. But she missed a backhand and Roggenburk went on to win after the fourth deuce.

Peeler grabbed two game-points on her next serve, sandwiched between saving off a break with a forehand winner. She converted the second when Roggenburk missed back-to-back backhands wide.

Roggenburk rebounded to take the next two games, needing just nine points to close out the first set.

“I knew that if I just kept focus, played my best and persevered I could pull this out,” Roggenburk said.

It looked as if Roggenburk was going to get the shutout in the second set after taking the first four games while dropping just five points and not facing a game-point. But Peeler finally broke through on Roggenburk’s serve and took the first two points thanks to two unforced Roggenburk errors off her backhand.

Roggenburk rebounded with a forehand winner, but Peeler won the game when Roggenburk sailed one backhand long and another into the net.

Roggenburk then converted the third of three break chances thanks to a series of defensive shots to keep the point alive. It worked, as Peeler sent a forehand into the net to give Roggenburk a 5-1 lead.

But she couldn’t close out Peeler, dropping the next three games — three double faults didn’t help — to put the set back on serve at 5-4.

Roggenburk, however, regrouped and broke Peeler on four points to close out the championship.

“I think she started playing a lot better (in the second set) and I might have lost a little bit of focus,” Roggenburk said. “They were close games and she was playing really well. Towards the end I kind of got sloppy in using my legs (with my serve) and my toss wasn’t going well. But I was able to adjust and it worked out.”

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

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