Canfield High School senior Allison Pavlansky left for Columbus today to compete in the Division I State Tennis Tournament. It will be a first for Pavlansky as she competes as a singles player.
Pavlansky made the cut by finishing fifth in Saturday's District Finals held at Oberlin College. Because the district is one of Ohio's larger ones, the top six finishers qualified for state. Pavlansky got into the District finals by finishing second in the Sectionals tournament. She holds a 13-3 record for this season.
According to Canfield head girls tennis coach Rob Stephens, "Allison has been our number one singles player her entire career at Canfield. She has been to the state tournament the past two years as a doubles player, but this year she wanted to see how far she could go as a singles player."
Stephens said she will open the tournament on Friday against a girl she has already played. If she can get past that first round, Stephens said she stands a good chance at the title.
Pavlansky is a captain this year and has served as a team leader. Stephens said it was not an easy chore, but Pavlansky handled it well.
"She has been a great leader. Being number one player is hard and carries a lot of pressure with it. Allison handled it with maturity and dignity and we are all proud of her."