MARION — Galion High School’s Jalyn Oswald is a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference champion
On Saturday, the Galion tennis team was in Marion and Caledonia to compete for conference honors in doubles and singles. Overall, Galion finished tied for second with Jonathon Alder at 17 points while Marion Harding took the crown with 20 points.
The singles trio of Kayley Gimbel, Katherine Talbott and Jalyn Oswald saw two runner-up finishes and one champion.
Jalyn Oswald entered the tournament as a one seed at third singles. In receiving a one seed, the player also receives a first round bye. Oswald’s first match of the day was in the semi-finals against River Valley. Jalyn made quick work of that matchup, winning in straight sets; 6-0, 6-0 to advance to third singles finals. In the finals, she met with a girl from Jonathon Alder. Oswald won again in straight sets; 6-1, 6-3 to become the MOAC champion at third singles. Her record on the year is now 14-3 and a perfect 10-0 in conference play.
At second singles, Katherine Talbott was seeded second and also rewarded a first round bye. In the semis, she faced Jonathon Alder and won; 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the finals. In the finals it was Marion Harding. Talbott fell 3-6, 2-6 to this opponent to receive runner-up honors at second singles.
Kayley Gimbel was the first seed at first singles for the tournament. In the semifinals, she faced Jonathon Alder and fought out a 6-4, 6-3 win. In the finals, Gimbel found herself in unfamiliar territory for the year, losing to her Harding opponent, 3-6, 2-6 to finish as first singles runner-up in the MOAC.
At first doubles, Kiersten Gifford and Marissa Breinich fell to their opening round opponent from Marion Pleasant; 3-6, 4-6. In the second bracket, Gifford and Breinich fell to their Buckeye Valley opponent 3-8 and did not place.
The second doubles team of Katie Baughn and Orchid Parsons had a bit more luck on Saturday. In the opening round, they defeated their Barons opponent; 6-0, 6-3 to advance to the semi-finals. Once there, they were greeted by number one seed Marion Harding. The duo fought hard against the Prexies but fell in three sets; 6-4, 3-6 and 2-6. Baughn and Parsons were able to secure a third place finish in the conference though by defeating River Valley by a score of 9-7.
The tennis team is back in action on Monday, traveling to Marion to meet up with back-to-back MOAC tournament champion Marion Harding. On Tuesday, the Tigers will be in Bucyrus to take to the court against the Lady Redmen.