Westlake Demons' Lauren Golick wins third straight district championship (Tennis Roundup)

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Westlake’s Lauren Golick, is heading to state for the fourth consecutive season. She won her third straight district championship on Saturday.

Two days after qualifying for her fourth state tournament, Westlake senior Lauren Golick won the Division I Oberlin District Tournament championship for the third-straight year, defeating Massillon Jackson’s Tessa Hill, 6-1, 6-0.

Golick, who finished fourth in the Division I State Championship Tournament last season, made short work of the district field once again as she is chasing a state championship in her final season.

“It’s definitely very exciting,” said Golick, about returning to state. “Now that I’ve got the top spot, I can hopefully set my sights on high goals down in Columbus.”

She has a chance to follow in the footsteps of her counterpart in recent graduate Colton Buffington, who won a state championship earlier this year in his fourth and final trip to Columbus.

“I know he was gunning for the state championship and finally got it his senior year,” Golick said. “That’s the way to go out with a bang, I guess. Being from the same school, it’s not so much pressure. You just want to do your best but you want to have fun too because at the end of the day, it is a sport. It’s high school.”

Golick reached the final match by defeating Walsh Jesuit’s Katelyn Hissong, 6-2, 6-1. She feels she’s ready to take the final step and win the championship.

“I feel I’ve improved over the last year,” Golick said. “It’s a matter of putting the shots together when you want them and when it’s the right time. So I think I’ve done a good job of preparing for the state tournament for this year.”

Golick will attend Cleveland State University next fall.

Magnificat’s Emily Witt, a Grafton native, also qualified for the state tournament with a fourth place finish in the district, as she fell to Hill, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinal, and to Hissong, 6-4, 6-2 in the third-place match.

Witt also participated in the state tournament in 2011.

Cook advances to state

Norwalk’s Aubrey Cook made history on Saturday as the first Truckers’ girls singles player to reach the state tournament.

Her second place finish at the Division I Northwest District Tournament helped Cook punch her ticket to Columbus along with Golick and Witt.

Cook qualified for the state tournament by defeating Toledo Notre Dame’s Nina Eid 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of the tournament. She fell to Sylvania Northview’s Megan Miller 6-1, 6-1 in the district final, but earned her spot in the tournament next weekend in Columbus.

“It was an unbelievable district tournament for Aubrey,” Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said. “She needed to win her first three matches to advance to the district final, and more importantly, to the next level. She certainly made the most of her opportunity as she managed to win three long matches on her way to the district final. Today, there was simply no quit in this bulldog.

“In the district final, she struggled to get two games from a very good player from Northview, who will be returning to state after a trip as a freshman. That certainly did not damper the day, as Aubrey will be the first female in the history of Norwalk tennis to go to state as a singles player.”



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Last Updated: 10/13/2012 11:12:51 PM EST

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