Lady Braves tennis captures 3rd place finish in Ohio State Championships

The IHHS girls varsity tennis team dropped a 3-0 decision to the now three-peat State Champion Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown today in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The Braves then went on to defeat a tough Toledo Central Catholic squad 3-1 in the 3rd/4th place playoff match. Our team has been the state runner-up to Hathaway Brown in 2015 and 2016 and unfortunately, we had to play them this time in a semi-final match.

In spite of the draw, we had a really successful season going 15-4 during the regular season as Indian Hill maintained it's status as the #2 ranked tennis team in Ohio.

Two of the Braves four losses were to Division 1 state champion Mason High School and one of the other losses occurred without our star player, Gracey Hirsch who was away on a recruiting visit.

We were also thrilled to learn that co-captain Gracey Hirsch has committed to play tennis in the Big 10 next year for Penn State. Gracey is a 2-time Enquirer Cincinnati Player of the Year and is also a 2-time first team All-Ohio doubles player along with her talented sister, Hayley.

Next spring, Indian Hill will also be losing to graduation our other outstanding co-captain, Julia Yingling who has signed to play college tennis at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Julia is a former City of Cincinnati doubles Player of the Year and is 1st team All-City in doubles.

The OHSAA individual State Championship was also completed over the weekend at the Western & Southern ATP Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. The Hirsch sisters displayed some really impressive doubles talent in making a strong run at the State Championship and winning the eventual 3rd place playoff. The Hirsch sisters dropped a tough semi-final to a new young Ohio phenom, Isabella Godsick who moved to Cleveland and is now playing for Hathaway Brown. Godsick is the daughter of a former top 10 player in the world, Mary Jo Fernandez.

Julia Yingling and Nina Price were never better reaching the State quarter-finals where they also dropped a match to Godsick and Daverio from Hathaway. Samantha Pregel played impressively at State against one of the best young players in the Midwest, Sydni Ratliff of Columbus Academy.

The future of our tennis team is strong for next year with the expected return of injured singles player, Saskia Gobonya,
Samantha Pregel and first-team All Ohio player Hayley Hirsch. Returning doubles players next year will be Madeline Major,
Jessie Budde, Nina Price and Jessica August. Nina Price is expected to be one of the top doubles players in Southwest Ohio.

My thanks to our players for their talent, hard work and mostly for making this such a fun season.  Also, my thanks to all of the players' families for their friendship and loyal support. It's greatly appreciated.

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