Port Clinton’s Tiffany Colston and Morgan McGlothlin had to wait four years to finally play doubles together in the postseason.
Needless to say, the two seniors were in no hurry to see their duo come to an end after only one day.
Colston and McGlothlin topped Bellevue’s Bernadette Wolfe and Elaina Eskins 6-1, 6-3 during the quarterfinal round of Thursday’s Division II sectional tournament to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. All four qualifying singles and doubles teams automatically qualify to the district tournament and will be seeded based on their finish on Saturday.
“Making it to districts was really important to me because I haven’t made it in two years and this was the first time I’ve played with Morgan (McGlothlin) in sectionals,” Colston said. “This is what we’ve always wanted since we were freshman, the chance to play with each other. But with the versatility of our team the last three seasons, it just never happened that way.”
The Redskins top doubles team — and No. 2 seed in the tournament — disposed of Tiffin Calvert’s squad of Cassie Recker and Kerrigan Kwiat 6-1, 6-0 in the second round after getting an opening round bye.
“Her volleys and net play were awesome,” Colston said.
“Tiffany’s baseline play was awesome,” McGlothlin added.
That goes against what has been the norm for the two.
“Usually I’m the good net person and (McGlothlin) good on the baseline, but it was switched today,” Colston said.
Clyde’s Clara Sewell and Brooke Smith will be Saturday’s semifinal opponent for Colston and McGlothlin. Top seeded Amanda Cahill and Lexi Weber of Clyde will face Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic’s Ashley Burns and Daniella Baez in the other semifinal.
Cahill and Weber topped the Redskins’ duo of Molly Haberman and Libby Showalter 6-2, 6-0. Port Clinton’s second doubles squad reached the quarterfinals by beating Fostoria’s Destinie Farris and Sabra Tate 6-1, 6-4.
The other Redskin making a return trip to Clyde on Saturday is top singles player, Kelsey Dietrich.
Dietrich dropped just five total games, winning first and second round matches, 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-1 respectively, before topping Perkins’ Carlee Vaughn 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
“I played really well today,” said Dietrich, a sophomore. “I stayed consistent and would bring people to the net to pass them with down the line shots.”
Dietrich, who will make her first district appearance, played first singles the entire season, going 13-6. Adding some aggressiveness to her game over the off-season has paid major dividends.
“i worked on hitting the ball harder, but doing so and staying consistent with everything else,” she said.
Dietrich is the second seed and will face third-seeded Andrea Nearhood of Clyde in Saturday’s semifinals. Top seeded Olivia Rohrbacher of Perkins and Calvert’s Madison Daniel will meet in the other match.
Port Clinton’s Alyssa Krupp reached the quarterfinals, losing to Nearhood 6-2, 6-1 after wins of 6-2, 7-5 and 6-0, 6-0.
Oak Harbor’s doubles team of Rachel Helle and Emily Boss made to the second round with a 6-0, 6-0 win, but fell 6-0, 6-2 to Perkins’ Priscilla Nguyen and Tai Knoll.
The district tournament starts Wednesday at Bowling Green State University’s Keefe Courts.