Yellow Jackets nearly qualify for state

PORT CLINTON — At the Division I district tennis tournament Friday and Saturday, Perrysburg freshman Penelope Giammarco and the Perrysburg doubles team of junior Brianna Durham and freshman Madi Watkins came up one match short of qualifying for the state tournament.

Giammarco opened with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mansfield Madison junior Megan Reynolds, and then Giammarco defeated Anthony Wayne sophomore Emily Szul, 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the quarterfinal.

Giammarco needed to win the semifinal match to qualify for state, but she fell to Anthony Wayne freshman Mara Boyd, 6-1, 6-3.

Boyd lost in the championship to defending state runner-up, AW senior Lilly Black, 6-0, 6-0, but the top two qualify for state, so Boyd and Black will head to Columbus.

In the doubles tournament, Durham and Watkins opened with a 6-2, 7-6 (1) win over AW seniors Mia Rettig and Hailey Brass.

In the quarterfinals, Durham and Watkins defeated Toledo Notre Dame senior Claire Tam and sophomore Emily Miller, 6-0, 6-4.

However, Durham and Watkins fell in their semifinal match to Sylvania Northview senior Brynn Chaffee and sophomore Maddie Peisley, 6-1, 6-1.

Only one doubles team qualifies for state, and Chaffee-Peisley fell to Notre Dame seniors Emma Nofziger and Ellie Assenmacher, 36-, 6-3, 6-2, in the district championship.