Friday, May 21, 1999

Latin's Rahali wins 12th Region tennis title


Sophomore upsets defending champ

BY RAY SCHAEFER
Enquirer contributor

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — Covington Latin sophomore Miriam Rahali crashed Notre Dame's 12th Region tennis party Wednesday by reaching the singles finals.On Thursday, Rahali (15-0) made off with the good china and silverware.

        Rahali upset defending champion Lyndsey Molony of Notre Dame 6-3, 6-0 at the Four Seasons Sports Country Club.

        “I didn't think I'd have her in trouble,” Rahali said. “I just played my game. I just tried to get everything back.”

        The beginning of the end for Molony (14-1) may have come Wednesday.

        After beating Lloyd's Dylan Lower in the semifinals, Molony lost to Oak Hills junior Elizabeth Brunsman in an Ohio Valley Tennis Association 18-under tournament. Thursday's match against Rahali was her third in less than 24 hours.

        “It did affect me a little,” Molony said.

        Brunsman and Rahali are practice partners, and after a telephone strategy session, a plan was hatched: Hit to Molony's backhand. That worked, and Rahali won the championship.

        Notre Dame was guaranteed a win in doubles. Top seeds Lindsay Dressman and Jessica Kirkpatrick defeated No.2 Sara Lange and Rachel Summe 6-3, 6-2.

       



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