October 18, 2013
PDT Sports Editor
COLUMBUS — Ali Miller advanced to the final four of the 2013 OHSAA Division II State Tennis Tournament Friday.
The Portsmouth Trojan star played a double header Friday, without dropping a single set, to advance past the round of eight.
Miller defeated freshman Olivia Rohrbacher of Sandusky Perkins High School, 6-2, 7-5, to reach the final four.
“I was really happy the way I played both matches, especially this last match,” Miller said. “I really had to focus and hang in there, she’s a great a player. I knew I had to be strong in my serve, because it’s hard to break her.”
Portsmouth coach Amy Keating was pleased with Miller’s performance.
“I think she did a fantastic job. Obviously, I think she played very well,” Keating said. “She was able to hold focus and hold her head up, and keep herself in the game.”
In the first game of the double header, Miller defeated freshman Lauren Gillinov of Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown High School, 6-3, 6-4.
Miller admitted she was battling more than Gillinov during the morning contest.
“I got a lot of the pressures out after the first match,” Miller said. “I was real nervous the first match.”
Play resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday with Miller facing junior Danielle Buchinsky for the right to reach the District II finals.
After reaching the final four, Keating won’t be changing Miller’s approach for the final two contests.
“I think she needs to play the same way,” Keating said. “She needs to try to stay relaxed.”
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