Marietta’s Coil remains unbeaten in No. 1 singles

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Marietta High’s Meredith Coil prepares to serve during a high school tennis match against Athens Wednesday at Glendale Courts.

Meredith Coil won not only her No. 1 singles match but also beat the rain — barely — in the process.

Just minutes after the Marietta Tiger tennis standout swept Athens’ Veda Conjeevaram, 6-0, 6-0, at the Glendale Courts Wednesday, Mother Nature intervened, and the rest of the Tigers-Bulldogs match was postponed.

Coil and Conjeevaram were the only two players to finish.

“One team has to win three matches before we can count it,” said seventh-year MHS head coach Chris Mayer, whose Tigers are 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the ECOL. “So, there’s only one match finished. We’re going to try to make it up if we’re able to.

“Meredith’s individual match will count, because she finished it. We won’t get a team win or loss until we finish as a team.”

Coil improved her individual overall record to 11-0. She also blanked Conjevaram last week on AHS courts in The Plains. The Tiger team, though, dropped a 3-2 decision to the Bulldogs.

Coil has been the East Central Ohio League Player of the Year in girls’ tennis two years in a row.

“Meredith usually does (beat the rain),” said Mayer, smiling. “She’s very good and has improved tremendously over last year, which is saying something, because she was really good last year. I mean, she’s playing really well this season for us, and she’s got a real good chance to do well in tournaments this year, too.”

Coil was pretty much at the top of her game against Conjeevaram.

“I was moving my feet and extending my arms and my shoulders,” Coil said. “I’m trying to hit through the ball and hit it deep, so that I could get her on the run. And that’s what I did.”

Coil said that she also “got a lot of her first serves in.”

“That was very important to do against (Conjeevaram),” the Tiger netter added.

Coil did not force the action at the net.

“I like to hit baseline rallies,” she said. “That’s what I like to do best.”

When, and if, play resumes, Marietta’s Maggie Gottfried will be playing Athens Kiki Chen in No. 2 singles, and it’ll be Ashton Binegar (M) versus Sandy Strickland (A) in 3-singles.

Gottfried lost her first set to Chen, 3-6, but leads the second one, 3-1.

In doubles competition, Marietta’s Lindsey Marshall-Lily Ditchendorf will be facing Athens’ Ami Brannen-Divya Yellamraju in one, while Aby Ketchum-Bailey Young (M) take on Athens’ Olivia Bean-Yiang Si Howard in two.

Marshall and Ditchendorf won the first set, 6-4, but trail 1-2 in the second one.

Marietta is scheduled to compete at the Dover Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

“They’ve got some very good teams up there, and a lot of good competition for everybody,” Mayer said. “We’ve played Dover a couple of times already and lost a couple of close matches.”