By Josh Brown
TROY — After two weeks of rainouts, the Troy tennis team finally got a match in on Wednesday.
And on Thursday, the Trojans honored their seniors at home — and finished up in the nick of time.
After returning to the court for the first time since Sept. 7 with a 5-0 loss at Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division co-leader Butler, Troy returned home Thursday to host Piqua for Senior Night, defeating the Indians 5-0 just as the first loud booms of thunder from last night’s storm could be heard.
Before Wednesday, Troy (8-4, 6-2 GWOC American North) hadn’t played in 13 days since a loss to division co-leader Greenville thanks to constant rain seemingly every afternoon in between. It also has the Trojans set to make up Tuesday’s match against the third division co-leader, Tippecanoe, on Friday.
It’s something Troy tennis coach Mark Goldner — who also coaches the boys team in the spring — is more used to seeing during that season.
“When I had to cancel the Fairmont match last week, I said this is the first time in 47 years that I can ever remember not having a match in a week,” Goldner said with a laugh. “We didn’t have a match. Usually, if it’s a bad week, you still get one in, or part of another one. That’s just totally unusual — especially in the fall. In the spring, you kind of understand. But in the fall? Are you kidding me?”
Against Butler on Wednesday, Troy lost 5-0. At first singles, Katie Sherrick lost 6-4, 0-6, 6-0 to Allison Baker. At second singles, Emma Kazmaier lost to Xia Lin 6-2, 6-3. At third singles, Mackenzie Nosker lost to Jo Velasco 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (3).
At first doubles, Jackie Fulker and Hailey Taylor lost to Hannah Scarpelli and Ashley Hess 6-3, 6-1. At second doubles, Cady Rhea and Kit Wolke lost to Jenna Alberzeh and Rachel Burton 6-1, 6-0.
“This was our first match in almost two weeks, and I was pleased with the play of our three singles players,” Goldner said. “They all battled in their matches but came up a little short. As for doubles, we did not play very well.”
And though it was a tough team to play for a first match after such a long, unexpected break, Goldner said it was also a good thing, just as playing Piqua (4-9, 4-4 GWOC American North) was on Thursday.
“To be honest with you, yeah,” Goldner said when asked of getting the competition level up right away. “And we’ve got another tough one tomorrow (against Tippecanoe). And against Piqua today, we did what he had to do. We wanted to close it out as quick as we could, go home, hydrate and get ready for another tough one tomorrow.”
Troy’s two seniors, Kazmaier and Fulker, both played solid against the Indians, as well.
At first doubles, Fulker and Taylor — who entered the day 11-3 on the season — controlled the match against Skylar Cain and Rikki Ramirez, winning 6-1, 6-0.
“Jackie has been a backboard all year on the forehand side playing with Hailey,” Goldner said. “If you hit that ball to her, boy, it just keeps coming back. And to see her improvement from her freshman year to her senior year, she’s a very consistent doubles player.”
And at second singles, Kazmaier took over in the middle of the first set, winning eight nine straight games to close out a 6-3, 6-0 win over Alexa Knorr-Sullivan.
“Emma is a very quiet and shy girl,” Goldner said. “But I think last year playing second doubles with Jackie kind of brought her out of her shell a little bit. She worked very hard this summer. To go from second doubles to second singles, that’s a huge jump, and she’s handled it very well.”
At first singles, Sherrick defeated Morgan Ford 6-2, 6-0. At third singles, Nosker defeated A. Elliott 6-0, 6-0. And at second doubles, Wolke and Rhea defeated Grace Ryan and C. Gastelu 6-2, 6-0.
And before Piqua could even get its team bus started, the thunder boomed overhead, causing gasps from everybody — and maybe some flashbacks to the past two weeks.
“I’m glad we’re done,” said a relieved Goldner.
Troy travels to Tippecanoe Friday before returning home for another makeup match against Sidney Monday.
XENIA — Tippecanoe (10-4, 6-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) had an easy match at Xenia Wednesday in GWOC American League crossover play, dropping only three games in a 5-0 victory.
At first singles, Amelia Zweizig won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Sophie McDowell won 6-0, 6-2. At third singles, Miranda Miller won 6-0, 6-1.
At first doubles, Jordan Jones and Claire Wint won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Tasha Bruner and Annie Livesay won 6-0, 6-0.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union (12-3, 6-0) finished Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play unbeaten, defeating Dixie 4-1 on Wednesday.
At first singles, Hannah Fugate won 6-1, 6-1. At second singles, Abby Hissong won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Meredith Fitch won 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Caitlin Bushelman and Laura Billing won 7-5, 6-0.
At second doubles, Rachel Rock and Hailey Lauterbur lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-5, ret.
Lima Shawnee 5,
LIMA — Lehman fell to 3-10 on the season Wednesday, dropping a 5-0 match to a talented Lima Shawnee (13-1) team.
At first singles, Claire Larger lost 6-3, 6-1. At second singles, Sarah Gibson lost 6-2, 6-2. At third singles, Melanie Brunner lost 6-0, 6-1.
At first doubles, Alex Read and Angela Brunner lost 6-1, 6-2. At second doubles, Kiera Burns and Ann Pennaparra lost 6-2, 6-2.
* Girls Soccer
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s Lauren Lester scored the game’s only goal as the defending Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division champion Red Devils (8-1-1, 6-0-1) held off the Piqua Indians (6-5, 4-3 GWOC American North) 1-0 Wednesday night at Tipp City Park.
Tippecanoe travels to Greenville Sept. 27.
* Boys Golf
DAYTON — Troy’s Nate Uhlenbrock was medalist Wednesday with an even-par 36, leading the Trojan boys golf team to a 161-173 victory at Chaminade Julienne.
Holden Scribner added a 38, Connor Stoltz shot 41, Ryan Dowling shot 46, Travis Bertram shot 47 and Nathan Henderson shot 50.
“We had a solid round there at Miami Valley,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “It’s always a tricky course. Nate had a wild round, started with an eagle and finished with two birdies to shoot even par.”
TC North 197
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union boys golf team finished the regular season at 9-5 overall Wednesday, defeating Tri-County North 188-197.
Hayden Davidson was medalist with a 43, Max Grafflin shot 47, Aaron Brown shot 48 and Justin Brown shot 50.
Other scores: Arcanum 188, Maimi East 192.
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