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Martin sisters place fourth at Ohio state tennis tournament

Oct. 21, 2012 @ 12:30 AM

COLUMBUS -- Chesapeake High School's Meili and Minda Martin finished fourth in doubles Saturday at the Ohio Division II Girls State Tennis Tournament at Hilliard Davidson High School.

Chesapeake doesn't have a tennis program or courts, but the Martin sisters took a shot at winning a state championship. They went 2-0 Friday with straight-set wins each time to advance to the semifinals Saturday morning.

Columbus Academy's team of Hannah Wexner and Andrea Ballinger posted a 6-2, 6-4 win to advance to the finals and dropped the Martins into the match for third/fourth place.

Natalie Allen and Brooks Sandridge of Dayton Chaminade Julienne won that match in straight sets. They went to a tiebreaker in the first set, winning it 7-4 for a 7-6 win and they won the second set, 6-1, to lock up the victory.

Ballinger and Wexner captured the championship with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sydney Green and Emily Leizman of Gates Miles Hawken.

In singles, Portsmouth's Ali Miller, who won twice Friday to make the semifinals, wound up fourth. Rachael Morales of Columbus Bishop Hartley defeated Miller in the semfiinals, 6-1, 6-4, and went on to win the title with a 6-0, 6-2 win over My Linh Li of Columbus St. Francis DeSales.

Rachel Nelson of Millersburg West Holmes topped Miller in the match for third. She needed a tiebreaker in the opening set, winning it 7-5 for a 7-6 victory and she won the second set, 6-2.

The Martin sisters and Miller advanced to Columbus by winning Southeast sectional and district championships.