Three Hudson tennis players concluded their seasons at a Division I district tournament Oct. 10 at Oberlin College.
Senior Kati Mdzinarishvili lost her first match to Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman in a match that took nearly four hours. Vizelman came away with a 6-7 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win.
Mdzinarishvili dealt with a back injury throughout the season.
"Kati had to fight through not being as healthy as she wanted to be all year," Lady Explorers head coach Tim Morgan said. "There was not an easy game or an easy point. The most breathing room either player had was when Vizelman won.
"I was very proud of Kati's effort. If I ever had to pick a team, she would be on my team. I love the way she competes."
The Lady Explorers' doubles team of senior Connie Chen and freshman Grace Graham also lost a 6-3, 6-4 decision to a team from Rocky River in the opening round.
"I was very proud of their effort," Morgan said. "The girls put a lot into it. For Connie, it was a great accomplishment for her to get to her first district. I don't think it was a matter of us losing. It was a matter of them outplaying us."
Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg, a Hudson resident, earned a ticket to the state meet by reaching the quarterfinals.
She scored a 6-0, 6-1 win in her first match against Chardon's Cassy Cicero and a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Avon Lake's Erin Hrivnak in her second match.
Sandberg was scheduled to play Rocky River Magnificat's Lauren O'Malley in the semifinals Oct. 12. Results were not available at press time.
Walsh's Caroline Dickinson, a Hudson resident, and her partner, Paige Carmichael earned a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win against a team from Chagrin Falls Kenston in their first match.
They lost a 6-1, 6-2 decision to a team from Westlake in their next match. Dickinson and Carmichael were set to play Walsh's Gina Costanzo and Emily Hissong Oct. 12 for a berth at the state tournament.
Hudson finished 9-13 in 2013 after losing a 3-0 decision to North Canton Hoover in a Northeast Ohio Tennis Coaches Association district semifinal match Oct. 8 on the road.
The match was stopped after Hoover won the first three matches.