Yasmin Bilgin’24 winds up. Arya Chabria’24 looks to return. Lauren Motta’21 prepares for power serve. (Emily Motta’23)
After a clean sweep at the sectional tournament, the Columbus Academy girls tennis team looked to continue its winning streak by sending three individuals and two doubles duos to the district tournament on Thursday, October 15, and Saturday, October 17.
Defending state champion Sydni Ratliff’21 dominated in tournament singles, defeating her CSG opponent and teammate Grace Philip’24 6-0, 6-0 before facing Arya Chabria’24 for the district title match. Both players fought hard, but Ratliff ultimately secured a 6-1, 6-0 victory to qualify for the state tournament.
After a dominant set of matches, the Vikings continued to the doubles draw. Anna Chang’23 and Yasmin Bilgin’24 secured a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the first round, before falling to a Wellington duo 6-1, 7-6. Lauren Motta’21 and Carolyn Tsung’21 conquered their Jonathan Adler rivals 6-0, 6-0 and captured a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Bexley to compete for the district title. The dynamic duo battled hard but was outlasted by the Wellington Jaguars, losing 4-6, 1-6.
Ratliff looks to finish her high school career with a fourth individual state championship on Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.