MASON – Clinton-Massie’s Anne Thompson and Hailey Clayborn finished fourth Saturday at the Division II sectional tennis tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
“Thompson and Clayborn adjusted well to the speed and skill they faced in just their second day as doubles partners,” CM coach Lynn Deatherage said. “We definitely made a list of things to work on this week.”
On Saturday, the Lady Falcons lost to sisters Gracey and Hayley Hirsch from Indian Hill 6-0, 6-0 then dropped a consolation match with Mial Masterson and Gauri Midha from Cincinnati Country Day 7-6 (8-6), 0-6, 2-6.
“It was evident why Gracey (Hirsch) is headed to Penn State to play tennis on scholarship very early in the match,” Deatherage said.
As for the match against the CCD pair, Deatherage said, “When all three of the coaches from CCD were working with their players, I knew we we mismatched. It’s a running joke that I’m the (Clinton-Massie) coach because I lost a ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ contest among CM parents four years ago.”
In the district tournament, slated to begin 9 a.m. Thursday at the Lindner Center, Clayborn and Thompson will meet Jordan Jones and Sophia McDowell from Tippecanoe, the winners of the Troy sectional doubles bracket.
Wilmington will help Clinton-Massie prepare for that match, Deatherage said.
“In a true sign of sportsmanship, Wilmington’s coach Doug Cooper and some of his quality tennis players have agreed to help in our preparation this week,” Deatherage said. “You’ve read about Emma Schroeder and Brooklyn Nielsen all season, as well as Allie Kees, and their success on the courts. We certainly appreciate the support and assistance.”