Clyde's Nearhood advances to semi

Clyde's Nearhood advances to semi

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Clyde's Nearhood advances to semi

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PORT CLINTON

Lexi Weber and Amanda Cahill advanced to the semifinals of the Sandusky Bay Conference Tournament on Thursday, and will have a chance to cap their careers together as doubles partners unbeaten in the league Saturday.

Cahill and Weber earned the last two conference crowns together.

“It’s good for our team as a whole,” Weber said. “It’s a good personal goal for us as seniors to end with a bang.”

The pair is aware of its unblemished conference record together.

“It would be a good milestone to reach,” Cahill said. “It’s good to do it with Lexi — we grew up together. We’ll try to make the most of it and do it for our team.”

Weber and Cahill played singles against the Pirates during the regular season, but will pair up to face Sarah Sullivan and Jenna Goretzki (Perkins) on Saturday.

“When we have good competition, we play better,” Weber said. “We focus more and we work better together. It’s more fun. The points mean more. Every point counts.”

Clyde’s Andrea Nearhood plays top-seed Olivia Rohrbacher (Perkins) in the semifinals Saturday. Nearhood played her final match Thursday against Huron’s Delaney Black after each of the other matches was complete.

Nearhood trailed 3-2 in the second set before winning 6-1, 7-5 on center court. Nearhood and Black played a match during the regular season, but Nearhood was forced to retire because of illness.

Nearhood said the environment was tense Thursday, but she enjoyed it.

“I knew I had to bounce back,” she said. “It was so close the last time.”

Nearhood lost her first match at the SBC Tournament last season.

“I had to make it to Saturday,” she said. “That was a goal before the season. (Last year) helped with motivation.”

Third-seed Clara Sewell and Brooke Smith, of Clyde, face second-seed Tiffany Colston and Morgan McGlothlin, of Port Clinton, in the semifinals.

“I’m super excited,” Sewell said. “This is my first year on varsity and to be in the SBCs another day is awesome. We’re positive and we’ll work hard.”

Sewell and Smith like playing together.

“It helps we’re in the same grade,” Smith said. “We’re comfortable and we don’t get mad. We pick each other up.”

Smith and Sewell lost the middle set to Huron’s Lilly Justus and Irene Frageri before regrouping to win in three Thursday.

“We overcame and beat them 6-0 in the third,” Sewell said. “It was a great feeling to come back and win.”

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