Softball standout Fite advances to district tennis event

Softball standout Fite advances to district tennis event

A two-sport standout, Tecumseh’s Ashley Fite is stronger general for hitting softballs over a fence than tennis balls over a web. but on Wednesday, Fite went small ball on the Division I sectional tennis tournament.Fite used tenacious defense and exactly positioned photographs – retaining the ball in play for rallies achieving 20 hits at times – earlier than going for a successful passing shot. It worked as Fite fended off an upset bid from Vandalia Butler senior Erin Dean to engage 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 and qualify for next week’s D-I district tournament in Mason.

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Dean had Fite pissed off within the first set, in all probability getting Fite considering final season’s quarterfinal loss to a Butler player that denied Fite that coveted district look. however Fite rallied to hold the 2nd set and, up 3-2 in the third set, received the subsequent three games for her 19th straight select.

“I really changed into just indignant. I don’t like losing,” Fite 19-1 stated of dropping the primary set. “i was just like k I gotta bust my butt now to rob. That turned into the swap I wager.”

In softball, Fite led the crucial Buckeye convention in batting .708 average and runs batted in 35 and complete second in domestic runs 7. She came two domestic runs away from main the CBC in all three categories.

Softball leaves Fite with little time for tennis backyard of the high college’s fall season. however she finds time right here and there to practice. She’ll get more court time this week and early subsequent week in practise for the district tournament.

however first, Fite has to finish out the sectional semifinals and finals to assess seeding for the district event. The semifinals commence four p.m. at Dayton sports complicated.

Fite, the No. 3 seed, performs No. 2 junior Natalie Milligan of Greenville within the semis. correct-seeded Xia Lin of Butler and unseeded Emily Marchal of Greenville play within the other semi.

“I’ve talked to her softball teach,” Tecumseh tennis teach Mike Crago said, “and he spoke of she’ll come to softball observe within the spring and she has her tennis racket in her bag. After softball apply she’ll go hit tennis balls. … She’s in fact put in the work and he or she’s viewed the consequences this season.”

additionally on Wednesday, Tecumseh’s doubles crew of Ady Beel and Kayla Bush entered because the No. three seed. The juniors acquired a primary-circular bye and survived the 2nd round with a tough-fought 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Troy. The duo fell in the quarterfinals – one grasp shy of qualifying for district – to Butler’s Rachel Burton and Victoria Studebaker 6-2, 6-0.

“I don’t think we have been on accurate of our video game, however buy no credit score away from Butler,” Crago noted. “Butler deserved the section.”

Tecumseh senior Shelby Stacy, the Arrows’ No. 3 singles player this season, knocked off a pair of No. 1 singles avid gamers from Stebbins and Xenia to reach the quarterfinals. She beat a 3rd No. 1 singles participant in a preliminary fit ahead of Wednesday. Her first two suits Wednesday went three lengthy sets, leaving her drained in a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Greenville’s Milligan.

Stacy, who came out for the group for the primary time remaining season, made the soar from No. 2 doubles final year to No. three singles this season.

“She came out at first of the season a little shaky having no singles experience,” Crago pointed out. “I saw her getting more advantageous every in shape. … She just ran out of fuel.”

Springfield senior Isabella Gianakopoulos received a bye and won her 2d-round fit towards Piqua sophomore Alexis Gastelu 6-0, 6-1. Gianakopoulos misplaced to Milligan in the third circular 6-2, 6-1.


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