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State qualifiers from Port Clinton, Oak Harbor can't avoid elimination

AnthonyMoujaes • May 5, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Port Clinton got both of its doubles teams into the second round on Friday at the Division II State Tennis Tournament.

Eventually, all five of the area's participants were eliminated.

Oak Harbor sophomore Ashley LaFountain dropped her first-round match to Portsmouth's Molly Miller, who rebounded for a 2-6, 7-6, 6-1 win.

This was LaFountain's second trip to the state tournament. She was the Sandusky Bay Conference's singles champ and the sectional champion both years.

Port Clinton's Samantha Griffin and Rachael Szabo won their opening-round match, 6-2, 6-0 over Washington Court House Miami Trace, while teammates Chelsea Beck and Aubrey Gillman defeated Gahana Columbus Academy 6-3, 6-4.

"The girls played really well. There didn't seem to be any problems with nerves. They all appeared comfortable and confident," Port Clinton head coach Jim Greer said. "They went out strong and built early leads. The second round was another story. They ran into a buzz saw."

Griffin and Szabo lost, 6-0, 6-1, to top-seeded Gates Mills Hawken.

Beck and Gillman lost, 6-2, 6-2, to top-seeded Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Both Port Clinton doubles teams earned second-team All-Ohio honors.

"Our kids could walk off the courts with their heads high. They had a great senior year, great tournament run and fantastic careers," Greer said. "Each of the four Lady 'Skins notched over 100 career wins."

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