Today’s Take: Demons rule the courts at Tri-City
By Jim Horvath
Most preseason prognosticators had the Westlake girls tennis team pegged as one of the best in Northeast Ohio, if not the entire state of Ohio.
So far, so good for the Demons.
Westlake advanced to the championship matches in all five levels Friday, coming away with three championships and winning the team title as well at the Rocky River Invitational at Tri-City Park.
Westlake, which blanked Amherst earlier in the week in Southwestern Conference match play, compiled 33 points to get past runner-up Kenston’s 23. Brecksville was third at 20 points, followed by Magnificat with 19, North Canton Hoover with 18, Revere 13, Laurel School 10 and the host Pirates 4.
Topping the winners list on the day was Westlake sophomore Lauren Golick, who raised her season record to 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brecksville’s Elise Griffin in the No. 1 singles championship match.
“This tournament was tough because so many of the great players in the area were here,” Golick said after completing her three-match marathon.
“The big key was having mental toughness today,” Golick said, noting the tough competition and the weather conditions. With the temperature hovering around 90, all the athletes were pushed to their limits.
“In a tournament like this, you really have to play your game the whole time. I think my experience in USTA matches really helped me tough it out today. You have to be tough…no excuses,” she added.
Golick’s teammate, junior Michelle Djohan, claimed the No. 3 singles crown with a quick 6-1, 6-0 decision over Mindy Moldovan of Hoover. The Demons also won the first doubles championship as freshman Julia Dunbar and junior Gina Baaklini came away with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Brecksville’s Erin Davies and Lauren Yeh.
Magnificat claimed one championship on the day as senior Madison Hromada fought off Westlake’s Kelsey Wanhainen 6-2, 6-3.
In the second doubles title match, Westlake just missed a fourth championship on the day as the duo of freshman Melissa Djohan and senior Stephanie Mcalister dropped a tough 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) decision to Hoover’s Adrienne Devore and Megan Kennelly.