Sunday, October 22, 2000

Falk chalks up third state title


CHCA senior has not lost match since '98

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLUMBUS — The smile that spread across the face of Audra Falk was one of relief.

        “There was more pressure this year than the past two,” the 18-year-old Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior said. “Yesterday I was nervous. Today I tried to have some fun.”

        Falk breezed through the Division II state singles tournament, capturing a third consecutive tennis championship Saturday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Morgan Landes from Huron.

        Falk finished 32-0 this season while extending her consecutive winning streak to at least 80 matches dating back to 1998.

        During the past two seasons, Falk was only taken to three sets twice, once each year. She advanced to the finals with a semifinal victory over Laura Kokinda (Port Clinton), 6-2, 6-4.

        Former Indian Hill standout Andrea Farley is the only Ohio player to win four consecutive singles titles. Falk joins three others who have accomplished the three-peat since the initiation of the tournament in 1976.

        Although the score of the championship match indicates an easy victory, Falk said it was much tougher.

        “After the referee called a foot fault in the first set, I stepped back off the line and wasn't pushing off like I usually do,” Falk said. “I decided to take some pace off and go with a lot of spin.”

        The strategy worked against the hard-hitting and aggressive Landes, who prefers speed.

        “I played Morgan several times in tournaments and she's a nice girl,” Falk said. “I was rooting for her in the semifinal match because I like playing her.

        “Both times I played well against Morgan and beat her. I wanted to keep her moving to get her out of her zone. When you take somebody out of the zone, they can't do what they normally do well.”

        Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy is entered in today's team state tournament, sponsored by the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association.

        CHCA has won the Division II title the past two seasons. Ursuline will represent Cincinnati in the Division I tournament.

        All matches are at Ohio State and begin at 9 a.m.

        DIVISION I

        SINGLES

        Semifinals

        Michelle DaCosta, Sr., Huber Hts. Wayne def. Melissa Schaub, Jr., Lexington, 6-2, 6-4; Grace Cascarilla, Sr., Rocky River Magnificat def. Tiffani Foster, So., Day. Chaminade-Julienne 6-0, 6-2.

        Finals

        DaCosta def. Cascarilla, 6-1, 6-3.

        Consolation

        Schaub def. Foster, 7-6, (7-3), 6-0.

        DOUBLES

        Semifinals

        Amanda Taylor, Fr. and Rachel Taylor, Sr., Chillicothe def. Brianne Petricone, Sr. and Andrea Kelly, Jr., Cin. Ursuline, 6-1, 6-1; Stephanie Bauer, Sr. and Susie Schoenberger, Sr., Upper Arlington def. Megan Vodhanel, Sr. and Julie Playforth, Sr., Canfield, 6-0, 6-0.

        Finals

        Chillicothe def. Upper Arlington, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

        Consolation

        Canfield def. Ursuline, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

        DIVISION II

        SINGLES

        Semifinals

        Morgan Landes, Sr., Huron def. Diane Stein, Sr., Powell Village Academy, 6-7, (6-8), 6-2, 6-3; Audra Falk, Sr. Cin. Hills def. Maaria Husain, Sr., Marion Pleasant, 6-2, 6-4.

        Finals

        Falk def. Landes, 6-2, 6-1.

        Consolation

        Husain def. Stein, 6-7, (5-7), 6-1, 7-6, (7-4).

        DOUBLES

        Semifinals

        Jennifer Dektas, Jr. and Laura Leutzinger, Sr., Cin. Hills def. Pearl Chan, Sr. and Fran Russo, Jr., Cols. School for Girls, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; Nancy Wiegand, Sr. and Kylee Wiegand, Fr., Hamilton Badin def. Shaden Dowiatt, So. and Lindsay Hanto, Sr., Cin. Hills, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

        Finals

        Hamilton Badin def. Cin. Hills, 6-4, 6-2.

        Consolation

        Cols. School for Girls def. Cin. Hills, 6-3, 6-1.

        Badin's Wiegands win state doubles



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