Poland’s Bennett, Mullis, Alyssa Tom state-bound

Published: Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cardinal Mooney’s Jaclyn DiDomenico and Allie St. George won, then lost and did not advance.

CANTON — Poland singles player Alyssa Tom and the Bulldogs’ doubles
team of Megan Bennett and Jessica Mullis advanced to the girls Division
II state tennis tournament Friday and Saturday at Ohio State
University’s Schottenstein Center.

Bennett-Mullis lost to Morgan Dorsey and Cameron Dorsey of Hathaway
Brown 6-0, 6-2 in a semifinal doubles match, then defeated Lydia
Colvin-Cathy Tokman of Orange 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-4 for third place.

Tom was handed a 6-0, 6-4 setback by Jen Snyder of Gates Mills
Gilmour Academy in a semifinal singles match. She then lost to Mariah
Mostardi of Ravenna 6-0, 6-0 to finish fourth.

"Megan and Jessica didn’t play badly, but they didn’t play smart
enough in the first match against the Dorsey girls who were more
experienced," said Poland coach Pam Steinhauser. "They were as good as
the Dorseys, they just didn’t execute shots when they needed to.

"The girls weren’t focused in the first set of their match with Orange’s Colvin and Tokman," said Steinhauser.

"They then remembered they were seniors playing against Orange’s
freshmen and won the second set 6-0, then were 1-4 in the third set,
and came back to win it 6-4. When the girls focus, they play great
tennis," said Steinhauser.

Tom has played in the district four years, but this is the first time she’ll play at state.

"This year she worked her hardest, had the most confidence she ever
had and is playing her best tennis," Steinhauser said. "It took Alyssa
the first set to warm up against Snyder, then played her heart out in
the set forcing her opponent to win the match.

"In the second set her ground strokes were more solid. She got more
confident, got control of the point and made Snyder make some errors."

Steinhauser said Tom’s match against Mostardi was more competitive than the score indicated.

"Alyssa hit the ball beautifully against Mostardi, who only had four
unforced errors in two sets," said Steinhauser. "The girls volleyed
sometimes 30 times back and fourth before a point was won."

Cardinal Mooney’s Jaclyn DiDomenico and Allie St. George eliminated
Poland’s Alexa Marino and Danielle Mullis 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. The Cardinals
were then ousted by Hathaway Brown’s Sarah Gothot and Colleen Maloney
7-5, 7-5.

Gothot-Maloney also eliminated Warren JFK’s Alison Rossi and Gina Fredericka, 6-4, 7-6 (2).

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