Pukys Qualifies for State in Girls Tennis, Finishes 5th at Districts
Kayla Pukys – 5th
Kayla Pukys finished fifth at the DI Oberlin District Girls Tennis Tournament that finished up Saturday. Her placement at Districts allows her to become the first Lady Leopards Tennis player to qualify for State since Nicole Catalano (Groves) advanced to State in 1987.
Pukys defeated Chardon’s Mary Kus 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round of Districts before falling to Medina Sectional Champion Molly Sandberg (Hudson) in Round 2. The loss sent her into a one match playoff to qualify her for state.
Pukys defeated Walsh Jesuit’s Gabriella Costantini 6-4, 6-1 to secure her spot in the qualifying top six. She then followed up that victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Canton Sectional Champion Emily Thomas (Jackson) to finish in fifth place. By winning the battle for fifth, Pukys got sweet redemption after falling to Thomas in last week’s DI Harvard Park Sectional Championship match 6-3, 6-2.
Pukys becomes just the third Louisville Girls Tennis player to qualify for state in Singles. She is also in rare company as 1 of only 6 Lady Leopards Tennis players to ever make it to state in Singles or Doubles. The others are as follows:
Louisville Leopards Girls Tennis Singles – State Qualifiers
- Lori Peters – 1985
- Nicole Catalano – 1986, 1987, 1988
- Kayla Pukys – 2015
Louisville Leopards Girls Tennis Doubles – State Qualifiers
- Debbie Bradshaw & Laurie McGinnis – 1981, 1982
- Ann Catalano & Nicole Catalano – 1985
In Sectional Action, Natalie Richards won her opening round singles match against Barberton’s Maria Burns 6-0, 6-0 before bowing out in the second round to Canfield’s Emily Hofsess. Also in Singles, Jozie Scott won her first match 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 over Austintown Fitch’s Angela Smith to advance to the Third Round. She would be defeated by Archbishop Hoban’s Brittany Bell 6-0, 6-1 in that match.
The Doubles Team of Caitlin Kerzan & Alexis Pochubay also won two matches before falling 6-1, 6-0 in the Sectional Quarterfinals to eventual Sectional Champions Hannah Cianiola & Ashley Kaleel of Canfield. Kerzan & Pochubay defeated Hannah Ball & Leslie Uphouse (Lake) by the count of 6-3, 6-1 and Nadine Gabriel & Annie Ryan (Boardman) by the score of 6-1, 6-1.
DI Oberlin District & DI Harvard Park Sectional Results
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