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Down 15-40 in the sixth game of the Class 2A tennis singles draw on Friday, Rowland Hall's Katie Foley muttered to herself. She drew the game to deuce, but after several back-and-forth points, Foley lost.
Then the Winged Lions' junior won the next seven games and that was that.
Foley won her second straight 2A 1st singles title by knocking off Waterford's Tanisha Martheswaran 6-1, 6-0, and kicked off the girls' state tennis championship at Liberty Park.
Foley dropped just two matches throughout the day, and recorded victories in both the semifinals and the quarterfinals.
All the matches for 2A were played on Friday. The 3A, 4A and 5A tournaments next week will be stretched out over two days for each.
"It definitely took a little out of me, it was hard, but I tried to eat as much as I could and stay hydrated," Foley said. "I get mad at myself, which is something I'm working on but I try to stay positive as much as I can."
By the end of the championship match, Foley was sharp. She eventually added net approaches to her game although she was winning by trading baseline shots.
"I tried to think about coming to the net more, because she was getting a lot of balls back," she said. "I wanted to try to finish the point, so a good way to do that was to serve-and-volley."
"We've maybe played three times before and she's always won. She's a really, really good player," Martheswaran said. "There really wasn't much that I could do."
The team state title came down to a three-way dogfight between Waterford, Wasatch Academy and Rowland Hall.
Paige Anderson sealed the title for Waterford with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Wasatch Academy's Clista Galecki in 2nd singles.
"We didn't win when I was a freshman, we didn't win when I was a sophomore," teammate Martheswaran said. "To win it this year is awesome."
The state tourney resumes with Class 5A matches on Tuesday, with 4A starting Wednesday and 3A on Thursday. All three classifications will crown their individual and team champions on Friday. Class 5A •
Davis High's Whitney Turley will be looking to make it four years in a row for a Turley winning the 1st singles title. She took the championship last year and, the two years prior, older sister Breezy was the 5A victor. Turley and her Darts teammates finished second to Lone Peak in the 2015 state team standings and Knights' sophomore Daniela Aaron might present a challenge to Turley in the finals if both players advance to that stage. Daniela and Anna Aaron were the 1st Doubles winners a year ago, but that team is broken up with Anna also pursuing a crown in 2nd Singles.
Class 4A •
Alta's Emilee Astle was a freshman when she rolled to the singles championship in '15. Then again, Timpview's Megan Austin who Astle beat 6-2, 6-3 in the finals was only a sophomore, so the faces might be familiar when the 1st singles field is whittled down. Olympus senior Sabrina Longson and Skyline sophomore Anna Findley met in the 2nd singles title last year, with Longson winning, and both are hoping to make their presence felt in the 1st singles draw this time. Olympus cruised to the team championship a year ago and the Titans bring back enough to warrant favorite status to repeat.
Class 3A •
As a ninth-grader, Park City's Livi Rockwood outlasted Desert Hills' Madz Eames in the 1st singles finals for 3A last year. Rockwood is back for more and the winner of the Region 10 tournament preceding state. Both Rockwood and Eames were a level above the rest of the draw a year ago and, since Eames graduated, that makes the Miners' sophomore the player to beat. Park City barely edged Grantsville by a point in the 2015 team category and the Cowboys bring back 2nd singles champ Bailie Sandberg although, this time, Sandberg will ply her trade against Rockwood in the top tier of singles players.
Class 2A Girls Tennis Results (championship matches)
1st singles • Katie Foley, Rowland Hall def. Tanisha Martheswaran 6-1, 6-0
2nd singles • Paige Anderson, Waterford def. Clista Galecki, Wasatch Academy 6-2, 6-0
3rd singles • Sophia Hope, Wasatch Academy def. Paige Smaligo 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
1st doubles • Lane Baker/Anna Greenberg, Rowland Hall def. Holly Crosby/Sophia Jessee, Wasatch Academy 6-1, 6-1
2nd doubles • Katherine Harmston/Aurionna Squire, Manti def. Taylor Schmidt/Caroline Martin, Waterford 6-4, 6-3
Team scores • 1. Waterford, 14; 2. Rowland Hall, 12; 3. Wasatch Academy, 11; 4. Manti, 7; 5. Delta, 3.