Changing their ways

Area tennis players switch roles, advance

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo John F. Kennedy’s Kaytlin Marlatt, right, and Lauren Kraker celebrate a point during the Division II girls sectional tournament in Boardman.

BOARDMAN — Two John F. Kennedy’s doubles teams and Lakeview’s Anna Garvin headed into Wednesday’s Division II girls tennis sectional semifinals at Boardman High School.

The Trumbull County five had aspirations and different perspectives than in years past.

Lakeview’s Anna Garvin, a senior, was part of a doubles team last season. This year, she’s playing as a singles player and is the No. 2 seed.

The JFK top-seeded doubles team of junior Kaytlin Marlatt and senior Lauren Kraker is the top-seeded doubles team, while the Eagles Caitlin Condoleon and Sophia Zamarelli, both sophomores, are the third seed.

All five were playing for seeding during Wednesday’s semifinals, which are playing for today’s finals back at Boardman High School. There, players will be playing for seeding for next week’s district in Akron. Those who lost Wednesday play for third and fourth seeding at district.

The other three seeded singles players also advanced to the semifinals: top-seeded Maria Riccardi, a senior from Poland; along with Ursuline juniors Vy Hoang and Lexie Tsudis, the three and four seeded players.

JFK’s doubles played the other seeded doubles teams on Wednesday. Cardinal Mooney seniors Julia Giamboli and Jessie DiDomenico, a four seed, played Kraker and Marlatt, while Condoleon and Zamarelli faced second-seeded Mooney seniors Isabella Francisco and Hannah Mathews.

All players advancing to the semifinals moved on to district play.

In Wednesday’s semifinal singles, Ricciardi defeated Tsudis, 6-0, 6-4, while Garvin beat Hoang, 6-3, 6-1. In doubles play, Marlatt-Kraker defeated Giamboli-DiDomenico, 6-4, 6-1; Francisco-Mathews beat Condoleon-Zamarelli, 6-1, 6-2.

Fry put his top two singles players, Marlatt and Kraker, together as a doubles team heading into sectional play with good reason.

“We thought we not only had a chance to get up there to districts, but compete for a district championship and go down to state and do well,” he said. “That’s what led to the decision.”

Lakeview’s coach, Elisabeth Wilson, said Garvin has been focused this year and her footwork has been getting stronger.

“She’s an offensive player,” Wilson said. “She’s making her shots. She’s taking her time, patient. She’s using her power. She has a strong mental game.”

As for district play, Wilson said Garvin isn’t looking ahead.

“We take one match at a time,” Wilson said. “That’s how Anna plays it. She uses the mental game, which a lot of these young girls have a strong mental game.”

As for the Eagles, they have a good future — especially getting two doubles teams to district play.

“That tells you you got things going in the right direction,” Fry said. “We’re happy with that, but we’re not satisfied. We want to keep building on that.”