By Rob Kiser
For the second time this week, the Lehman Catholic doubles team of Angela Brunner and Sarah Gibson had their D-II sectional match start outdoors and finish indoors.
And while they had to travel a little farther this time to resume the match, the outcome was the same.
Earlier this week, in the go-to district match, Lehman had to move from Troy High School to Schroeder’s Tennis Center in Tipp City to finish off a win over Northwestern, winning the third set 6-0.
Saturday, the fourth seeded Cavaliers were playing unseeded Addie Bell and Brianna Ward of Eaton in the third-place match to finish off the tournament.
After rains came to Troy City Park, the match was moved to the Dayton Sports Complex in Trotwood.
“The girls said going through the change in venues earlier this week really helped them,” Lehman Catholic tennis coach Tim Ungericht said. “When the rain came we were down 2-0 in the first set and we got down 5-2.”
That’s when the Lehman duo rained down on Eaton’s victory hopes.
Lehman won the next five games to take the first set and went on to a 7-5, 6-2 victory, giving them a third seed at Thursday’s D-II district tournament at the ATP Tennis Center in Mason.
“We won 11 of the last 13 games,” Ungericht said. “That was a good team. They were Eaton’s first doubles team. We just got a lot more aggressive at the net. We really played well.”
The day had started with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to the eventual district champions Meredith Fitch and Hannah Fugate.
“That’s a really good team,” Ungericht said. “The (Hannah) Fugate girl is a tall girl, who is really tough at the net.”
Still, Ungericht felt like the score didn’t indicate how well his team played.
“There were a number of games that went to deuce,” Ungericht said. “And we had the ad (advantage) in a couple of those games. We just couldn’t quite finish off any of the games.”
Now, the girls prepare for the district tournament. Gibson is a senior and Brunner is a junior.
“I told the girls it (playing at the ATP Tennis Center) is going to be like nothing they have ever experienced in their lives,” Ungericht said. “It is going to be a great experience for them. We will go down Wednesday night and probably have a team dinner. They are going to have great memories from this experience.”
And hopefully, they can have a match finish the same place where it starts.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.