Sunday, October 24, 1999

Falk takes inside track to state tennis title




BY DAVE SCHUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLUMBUS — When the rain started and the Division II state singles championship match was moved indoors to the Jesse Owens Center, Audra Falk broke into a smile.

        “I play my best tennis indoors because the surface is much faster,” said Falk, a Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy junior. “The faster the surface, the better.”

        Falk took advantage of the situation and went on to record a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Alison Silverio from Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas to win a second consecutive state singles championship.

        Cincinnati took a doubles title as well.

        The Indian Hill doubles team of Meredith Vincent and Michelle Rothzeid won the Division II doubles title, defeating Laura Leutzinger and Jen Dektas from CHCA 6-1, 6-2.

        However, the Sycamore doubles team of Cassie Uhl and Susan Hyams came up short, losing to Upper Arlington's Stephanie Bauer and Susie Schoenberger 6-2, 6-4 in the championship match.

        Taking a 33-0 record into the championship match, Falk appeared relaxed and ready to go after enduring a four-hour wait between matches.

        In the semifinals, Falkdowned Morgan Landes from Hudson 6-0, 6-1. Silverio took over three hours to defeat Huron's Maarria Husain 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

        “I went back to the motel and rested,” Falk said. “Then I ran and started to loosen up. I felt confident.”

        Falk appeared tight early in the match with Silverio breaking for a 1-0 lead. However, Falk broke back at 2-1 to tied it at 2-2 and then at 5-4 to win the first set.

        “Experience was the key in the match,” Falk said. “I've been here before and knew how to deal with the pressure.”

        In the second set, Falk was in control from the outset.

        “Alison played well in the beginning and hit with me early,” Falk said. “I kept up the hard pace and also tried to move her around. The second championship is better than the first.”

        CHCA coach Lynn McNally wasn't surprised that Falk repeated as champion.

        “Audra's motto all season has been to remain calm,” Nabors said. “She has been steady all season.”

        Although Vincent preferred playing singles, the Indian Hill junior was happy with the doubles title.

        “Next year, I plan to come back an prove I can win singles,” Vincent said. “I'll do what Jason Pressell (1998 Indian Hill graduate) did ... win doubles as a junior and singles as a senior.”

        Until the tournament, Vincent and Rothzeid hadn't played together. They won both the sectional and district and finished it off outdoors at Ohio State's Stickney Tennis Center before the rain arrived.

        “We were pressed hard in yesterday's second match and lost the first set,” Rothzeid said. “That got us more focused.”

        Indian Hill coach Adam Wolter made the decision to pair Vincent and Rothzeid in doubles.

        “I started talking to Meredith and her mother several months ago,” Wolter said. “They were our two best players and I thought they would do well together. Meredith can relax and come back and try to win a singles championship next year without any pressure.”

        DIVISION I

        SINGLES

        Semifinals

        Schaub (Lexington) d. Volberg (Tol. St. Ursula) 6-2, 6-1; DaCosta (Huber Hts. Wayne) d. Tipirneni (Hillard Darby) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

        Final

        DaCosta def. Schaub 6-2, 6-1.

        Third Place

        Tipernini def. Volberg 6-1, 6-2.

        Doubles

        Semifinals

        Bauer-Schoenberger (Upper Arlington) d. Anderson-Messaros (Gahanna Lincoln) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5); Uhl-Hyams (Sycamore) d. O'Handley-Shanahan (Col. Watterson) 6-2, 6-4.

        Final

        Upper Arlington d. Sycamore 6-2, 6-4.

        Third place

        Gahanna Lincoln d. Cols. Watterson 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

        DIVISION II

        Singles

        Semifinals

        Falk (CHCA) d. Landes (Huron) 6-0, 6-1; Silverio (Lou. St. Thomas Aquinas) d. Husain (Marion Pleasant) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

        Final

        Falk d. Silverio 6-4, 6-0.

        Third Place

        Landes d. Husain 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.

        Doubles

        Semifinals:

        Vincent-Rothzeid (Indian Hill) d. Lee- Croskey (Lou. St. Thomas Aquinas) 6-0, 6-1; Leutzinger-Dektas (CHCA) d. Davis-Chan (Columbus School for Girls) 6-1, 6-4.

        Final

        Indian Hill d. CHCA 6-1, 6-2.

        Third Place

        Columbus School for Girls d. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0.

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