Mason Girls Tennis Captures 2nd Consecutive OTCA State Title

10/22/2018

The Comets made the trip to Reynoldsburg on Sunday to compete in the OTCA for the fourth consecutive year.  

The number one ranked Comets squared off against Perrysburg in the semifinal match.  Although it was only 39 degrees at match time, Mason heated up quickly, picked up victories at two doubles, first with Sarah Pickens and Priya Bandaru winning 6-0, 6-0.   Next Ananya Aggarwal also blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0.  

Anna Tonkal was leading 7-6, 1-0 at #3 singles and Annie Kruse and Raina Chada were leading 6-2, 4-3.  But it was Sanjana Reddy who sealed the match with 6-3, 6-1 win at #2 singles. 

Next up for the Comets was a familiar foe, Rocky River Magnificat.  Mason lost to Magnificat in the OTCA Final in 2016.  Last year the Green and White got revenge and earned a 3-0 victory over the Mags. Beating Magnificat this year looked to be a tall order.  Their number one player, Anna Roggenburk (Xavier commit), had just won the OHSAA singles championship the day before.  And their number two player, Olivia Rondini, had just placed third in the state tournament. Their third singles player, Audrey Smitek, is a highly ranked freshman who is also one of the best players in the state. 

The Comet duo of Ananya Aggarwal and Sanjana Reddy had placed third in the OHSAA doubles tournament and teammates, Raina Chada and Annie Kruse had placed fourth. 

For the Magnificat match, however, it was time for the Comets to get back to their normal singles positions, Aggarwal at number one and Reddy at number two. Coach Reid opted to split up Chada and Kruse and put Annie at three singles anticipating a possible deciding match between Kruse and Mag’s highly regarded freshman, Audrey Smitek.  Rounding out the Comets’ line-up were Raina Chada and Emma Kruse at one doubles and the all-junior team of Kelly Reid and Megan Li at two dubs. 

When the line-ups were exchanged, however, the anticipated match-up at three singles didn’t happen. Magnificat decided to move Smitek to two doubles, strengthening that position and hoping to win the match by winning one and two singles and number two doubles. 

“The kids were a little rattled when they saw Magnificat’s line-up,” said Mason Head Coach Mike Reid.  "But we got them settled down and when the match started, they were all ready to play. Especially, Kelly and Megan.  They knew that Magnificat’s line-up change would probably mean that the match would come down to their match at two doubles.  But they just looked at me and said they were ready for the challenge. “

Annie Kruse got the first point winning at three singles. And then at two doubles, Reid and Megan really put the pressure on the Mags by winning the first set. Aggarwal stunned Roggenburk by winning the first set and Emma Kruse and Chada also won the first set. 

Things were looking good for the Comets when Sanjana Reddy got the first set off her nemesis, Rondini. 

“I’d never beaten her before, but we had a good game plan this time," said Reddy.  "It was up to me to execute.”

With Chada and Emma winning at one doubles, the Comets were looking for the clinching point.  Roggenburk had taken the second set from Aggarwal.  But Reid and Li held a 4-3 lead in the second and they were looking to end it. But it was Reddy, playing confident, inspired tennis who clinched the match when Rondini netted at backhand. 

The Comets rose to the occasion, winning the state championship without losing a match in the final four. For the 2nd time in as many years, the Mason Girls Tennis Team has captured a State Championship! 

Mason d. Perrysburg  3-0
Aggarwal d. Carter 6-0, 6-0
Reddy d.  Onest 6-3, 6-1
Tonkal leading Schankula 7-6, 1-0 DNF
A. Kruse-Chada leading  Smith-Henthorn 6-4,  4-3 DNF
Pickens-Bandaru d. Ondrus-Smith 6-0, 6-0. 

Mason d. Magnificat 3-0
Aggarwal split sets with Roggenburk 6-4, 2-6 DNF. 
Reddy d. Rondini 6-3, 6-4. 
A. Kruse d. Koprulu 6-0, 6-0
E. Kruse-Chada d. Pallaki-Klubnik 6-2, 6-0
Reid-Li leading Ospelt-Smitek 6-3, 4-3. 

Mason has no seniors on this highly-decorated squad. Mike Reid also led the Mason boys team to the team title last May. The future of the Mason tennis program shines bright!