Tennis - Varsity Girls
vs. Cary Academy
NCISAA Championship. $10.00 admission.
|Date:||October 28, 2017|
The script that the DA tennis team had followed all season to their record breaking year got thrown out the window Saturday as the Cavs had to rally from losing all three doubles matches to take a 5-3 win over Cary Academy and earn their first state championship. DA was dominant all year in doubles winning 50 of 54 individual matches and sweeping the Chargers in two regular season meetings. While the 0-3 deficit put DA in unfamiliar territory at Salem Academy's tennis center, the Cavs came out in singles with the same gritty attitude that helped them win 20 matches and an outright conference crown for the first time ever.
In doubles action, DA won the first game on all three courts and seemed to be poised to take control as they had done in the two regular season meetings. Nicole Riepl and Julia King, who entered the match 19-1 on the season could not get going on court 3 and Cary had the first point of the match, an 8-3 win by Sanchez and Capetanos over the DA captains. Joy Callwood and Renee George, who had gone unbeaten together this season lost for the first time as Taylor Timinskas and Alexandra Ellison won 8-6. With DA on the brink of going down 0-3, the first doubles duo of Towning and Galloway had control of the match early at 3-0. However, Natalie Timinskas and Chloe Hasund rallied to even the match at 5-5. The Cav duo would retake a 7-5 lead only to see the Chargers tie it up and send it to a breaker which they would win 9-8(7-4).
In singles play, the Cavs started to take control about 30 minutes in when they had first sets on courts 2-6 and Callwood was battling fellow all-state honoree Taylor Timinskas on court 1. Galloway was the first match off as she took a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ellison on court 3. The key to the comeback were the next two singles matches for the Cavs as Towning was battling with Natalie Timinskas on 2 and Taylor Hunter had a lead on Sanchez on court 5. Both Towning and Hunter lost to their CA opponents in the Sept. 28 match. In fact, Hunter was 0-2 vs. Sanchez this season. After a 6-0 Towning first set, Timinskas stormed out to a 3-0 second set lead. Towning raliied for 5-5 but lost 7-5 and went to a third set. Towning fell behind 0-3 and 1-4 in the third set breaker before winning 6 of the next 7 points. She was able to close out Timinskas 10-7 in the third and DA was now down just 3-2. Hunter used her powerful forehand to keep Sanchez' strong slice play at bay and win 6-3, 6-4. Just five minutes later, it was Renee George who finished, avenging one of her only two losses this year by taking a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hasund on court 4. In just a matter of 10 minutes, DA went from being down 3-1 to up 4-3 with all eyes turning to Riepl and Callwood. Callwood was still in her first set as Riepl took control of her match. Trailing 5-4 in the first, she would go on to win 9 of the final 11 games to clinch the match 7-5, 6-2 over Capetanos on court 6. Riepl had split two earlier matches with Capetanos this year with each winning in straight sets. In fact, of the eight matches that finished in today's final, seven had different winners than the match-ups that took place in the Cavs 5-4 win over the Chargers in Sept. 28. Only Galloway's win over Ellison had the same victor. When Capetanos' final shot went wide clinching the match for DA, Callwood was 6-6 vs. Timinskas in her first set.
10/28 Durham Academy 5 - Cary Academy 3
NCISAA 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
At Salem Academy
Joy Callwood DA tied with Taylor Timinskas 6-6
Madeline Townign DA def. Natalie Timinskas 6-0, 5-7, 10-7
Alexis Galloway DA def. Alexandra Ellison 6-1, 6-1
Renee George DA def. Chloe Hasund 6-2, 6-2
Taylor Hunter DA def. Kate Sanchez 6-3, 6-4
Nicole Riepl DA def. Chloe Capetanos 7-5, 6-2
N. Timinskas/Hasund CA def. Towning/Galloway 9-8(4)
T. Timinskas/Ellison CA def Callwood/George 8-6
Sanchez/Capetanos CA def. Riepl/ Julia King 8-3
* First singles halted when DA won their 5th point
Order of Finish: D-3(:58), 2(1:06), 1(1:08) S-3(:47), 2(1:15), 5(1:20), 4(1:25), 6*(1:32)
This is Durham Academy's first tennis state championship
DA finishes 20-2
CA finishes 16-6