Yet when it’s time to play in Friday’s Division II singles state tennis tournament at Ohio State University, the undefeated Rohrbacher admits to having some butterflies.
“I’m excited, but a little nervous being a freshman going to state,” she said. “I’ve only watched the state tournament from the stands, but it’s exciting to be going.”
The 16-player bracket does not return any of the top three placers from 2012, but seven of the other 15 players aside from Rohrbacher return for this weekend’s tournament. However, only three of those competitors advanced out of the first round.
Rohrbacher (32-0) will open the first round of the 16-player field Friday with Anna Pietsch, a senior from Chagrin Falls.
Pietsch defaulted in Saturday’s third place match, and enters the bracket as the No. 3 seed from the Northeast district. She lost in the first round a year ago while playing for Beachwood.
Should Rohrbacher win her first round match, a second round pairing with Portsmouth’s Ali Miller could await. Miller took fourth at last year’s singles championships and is one of four returning state qualifiers in Rohrbacher’s half of the bracket.
“Olivia just has to concentrate on the task at hand and not think ahead,” Perkins tennis coach John Schlessman said. “She has to concentrate on that match only, and stay focused every point, which is something she is very strong at.
“She will just go to all her training over the years to build on,” he added. “There isn't a weakness in her game, and the thing that is so impressive is she can play all types of tennis. Olivia is the entire package. She's talented, aggressive, powerful, and experienced beyond her years.”
But the Pirate freshman should fit in just fine this weekend, as the nationally-ranked player has played in several major national tournaments, including placing third at the United States Tennis Association’s national championships in Georgia back in August.
Rohrbacher has been nothing short of sensational all season for Perkins, and has stepped up her level of play even more since the Sandusky Bay Conference championships on Sept. 21 at Port Clinton.
She faced Port Clinton’s Kelsey Deitrich in the SBC title match, winning 6-0, 6-0 in a match that she won a staggering 48-of-51 points.
In the sectional championship at Baywinds Athletic Club on Oct. 5, Rohrbacher again swept the final score, but also served eight aces with no double faults. She won 48-of-56 points played, with 30 of those points not touching her opponent's racquet.
Against two competitors also in the 16-player field this weekend at the district tournament held at Bowling Green State University last weekend, Rohrbacher again dominated.
In the semifinals against Lily Boice (Ottawa Hills), Rohrbacher won 48-of-57 points in another two-set sweep. She had three aces and 13 ground stroke, volley or return winners.
Against Maumee Valley Country Day’s Rochell Issa in the championship, Rohrbacher won, 6-1, 6-0. She lost the first game, then won 12 straight by allowing a total of just 12 points and using 20 ground stroke/return winners.
“It was exciting being a freshman and winning districts,” Rohrbacher said. “It went pretty well, I felt like I played pretty solid all the way through. I served OK, and overall I did pretty good.
“This whole season has been a lot of fun,” she added. “I know it’s going to be over after this weekend, but it’s here and it’s just been a lot of fun and I look forward to what it brings.”
First and second round play will be held Friday at the Ohio State University courts, while Saturday’s semifinals and championship matches will shift to Hilliard-Davidson High School.