Lady Jets dominate ACAC tourney
Jessica Ripley earned a 1st-team selection along with four other Lady Jets, a record in the ACAC tournament.
The ACAC girls tennis tournament was held over the weekend at Adams Central with the Jets taking advantage of home-court advantage earning a conference record five first-team selections and a second team placer as well, while going undefeated in the first day earning the ACAC crown.
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The two-day tournament is formatted to avoid bias towards selecting all-conference honors. The girls from the four tennis-playing ACAC conference schools play in a round-robin style tournament on day one to determine the team champion. After the teams play, the winning team is crowned ACAC champs and the individuals earn seedings for day two of the tournament where the all-conference selections were determined.
Adams Central earned the team conference crown going 3-0 on the day with Bluffton earning second at 2-1, Leo going 1-2 on the day, and South Adams going winless at 0-3.
In day two, the individual seedings were set based on singles placement. All number one singles players received byes while two singles were matched with three singles players from other schools.
The setup allows for a number two or three singles player to earn their way onto the all-conference teams because the first place through third place earned a first-team all-conference berth, while fourth through sixth were placed on the second team.
Leo's Annya Mohlman avenged two losses from earlier in the season to AC's number one Jessica Ripley and Megan Evans of Bluffton to win the singles tournament after defeating Allison Williams, Bluffton's number two singles player.
Evans earned the silver with the loss in the finals to Mohlman, 6-2, 6-1 after defeating AC's number two Lydia Johnson, 6-4, 6-2. The AC duo of Johnson and Ripley would then duke it out for the last spot on the first team on the singles side with Ripley taking the bronze win, 6-4, 6-1.