PERRYSBURG — Anthony Wayne won the Northern Lakes League team tennis championship and Perrysburg finished second behind a first doubles championship.
It is a step up after the Yellow Jackets finished third in the NLL one year ago.
Perrysburg coach Charles Brigode said his team took advantage of winning close matches.
“Our players understood that they were the lower seed on all but one court going into Wednesday’s matches,” Brigode said. “In a way, this took the pressure off and allowed them to play loose.
“This was critical as seven of 11 sets that we played were determined by two games or a tiebreaker. Our players never blinked and never quit. I am so proud of the fight that they showed.”
The Perrysburg tandem of freshman Madi Watkins and junior Brianna Dunham were the NLL’s best doubles team, sweeping through three teams at the NLL tournament at Perrysburg Tennis Center Tuesday and Wednesday.
Watkins and Dunham defeated a Napoleon tandem, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and a Sylvania Northview team, 6-2 7-5 in the semifinals.
In a closely fought three-set championship, Watkins and Dunham fell behind, losing the first set, but got past AW seniors Ally Roberts and Alyssa Baburek 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the league title.
In the team standings, which includes dual meet results, AW scored 38 points, followed by Perrysburg (33), Northview (28), Bowling Green (23), Maumee (18), Springfield (9½), Napoleon (7½), and Sylvania Southview (7).
Other league champions were AW senior first singles standout Lilly Black, a defending Division I state runner-up, Northview senior Brynn Chaffee in second singles, AW sophomore Emily Szul in third singles, and the AW duo of seniors Mia Rettig and Hailey Brass in second doubles.
Perrysburg sophomore Emerson Metzger was runner-up in second doubles, opening with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Springfield’s Breanna Sparks in the quarterfinals and downing BG freshman Sarah Mathey, 6-1 6-0, in the semifinals.
In the championship, Metzger took the first set to the near limit, but fell to Szul, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
The Perrysburg second doubles team of junior Sophia Lanno and junior Autumn Wittenmyer were also league runners-up, defeating a Southview team, 6-0, 6-0, and a Northview team, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to reach the title match.
In the winners bracket championship, Lanno and Wittemyer fell to Rettig and Brass, 6-4, 6-4.
NLL consolation placers
In what Brigode called “a stacked first singles bracket” Perrysburg’s first doubles player, freshman Penelope Giammarco, finished third. She defeated Napoleon’s Grace Butler, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals, but lost in the semifinals to Black, 6-0, 6-1.
In the consolation semifinals, Giammarco defeated Maumee sophomore Samantha Mavis, 6-0, 6-0, in the finals she downed BG junior Elizabeth “Libby” Barnett, 6-4, 6-2.
Giammarco was among several Yellow Jackets who finished above their seed.
“Penelope Giammarco was rock solid in her rematch with Libby Barnett,” Brigode said. ”A tight first set did not phase her and she was able to keep that momentum to end.”
Libby Barnett reached the consolation final by defeating Springfield’s Tristin Mathews, 6-1, 6-1, but she fell to eventual NLL runner-up Maddie Peisley from Northview, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals. In the consolation semifinals, Libby Barnett defeated Napoleon’s Grace Butler, 6-1, 6-0.
BG freshman Julia Barnett finished third in second doubles, opening with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Springfield’s Olivia Kleshinski, but losing in the semifinals to Chaffee, 6-0, 6-1.
In the consolation semifinals, Julia Barnett defeated Napoleon’s Kyrah Rodriguez, 6-0, 6-1 and Perrysburg’s Allison Barry, 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the final.
Barry reached the consolation final by downing Rodriguez, 6-0, 6-1, but she lost to eventual NLL runner-up Mara Boyd from AW, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals. Barry defeated Kleshinski, 6-0, 6-1 in the consolation semifinals.
Mathey also finished third for the Bobcats in third singles. She opened by defeating Southview’s Danni Mallin, 6-1, 6-2, but then lost to Metzger.
In the consolation semifinal, Mathey defeated Maumee sophomore Aileen Lin, 6-0, 6-0, and in the final, she defeated Northview’s Dipakshi Pal, 6-3, 6-2.
The BG first doubles team of seniors Audrey Geyman and Hannah Mathey finished fourth, defeating Maumee junior Alex Ybbara and senior Sophia Bula in the opening round, 6-0, 6-2, but falling to Roberts and Baburek, 6-1, 6-0, in the semifinals.
In the consolation bracket, Geyman and Mathey won, 6-0, 6-1, but fell, 6-3, 7-6 (5), in the final.
BG’s second doubles team of senior Audrey Nester and junior Audra Hammer finished fourth, defeating a Springfield team, 6-0, 6-4, in the quarterfinals, but losing in the semifinals to Rettig and Brass, 6-2, 6-0.
In the consolation bracket, Nester and Hammer defeated Maumee sophomore Kiersten Krout and senior Cora Boyles, 6-4, 6-0, but fell in the consolation final, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
Bowling Green 2, Napoleon 1
At Bobcat Stadium Wednesday, Bowling Green girls soccer improved to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in the Northern Lakes League with a 2-1 victory over Napoleon. Napoleon falls to 1-9 and 0-4.
BG goals were by Sydney Maas and Cece Marovich and an assist by Tessa Kirchner. Maas now has eight goals and one assist, Marovich one goal and three assists, and Kirchner has two assists.
Maddy Adams leads the Bobcats with 23 points on nine goals and five assists and Macy Ash has 19 points on six goals and seven assists.
Bowling Green 16, Toledo Waite 0
TOLEDO — Jack Hover had a three-goal hat trick as Bowling Green boys soccer routed Waite, 16-0, Wednesday at Mollenkopf Stadium. The Bobcats are 6-3-2.
Cole Ash, Mathias Drumm, Tomas Meek and Grant Sonner scored two goals apiece for the Bobcats.
Luca Brininger, Ethan Decker, Jonas Kendrick, Jackson Triggs and Aaron Mejiritski added one goal each for BG.