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Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:10 pm

Tennis semistate

Carroll tennis returns to state finals

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The Carroll girls tennis team secured its second consecutive trip to the state finals with a 3-2 win over Delta at the Homestead semistate on Saturday.

With the teams tied at 2, Carroll's No. 1 doubles team of Mia Toscos and Lauren VanWyngarden surged in the final set to win 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 over Abigail Shafer and Emma Snider.

"We just told ourselves to keep it one point at a time," Toscos said. "We didn't want to think too far ahead or how we lost the first set so we just refreshed late and kept going."

Delta led 2-1 in the third set but Toscos and VanWyngarden scored the final five points to secure the Chargers' state championship berth.

"They were great players," VanWyngarden said. "They kept the ball deep and were great at lobbing so Mia and I were scrambling on the court, but thankfully we were able to figure it out and trust our shots and our overheads.

"It's indescribable (to be going back to state). Getting to play doubles with Mia this time, who also went to individual doubles state so she's got the experience, the skills, so it's super fun to get to go back. We're excited and grateful for the opportunity."

The Chargers went up 2-0 on wins from Katelyn VanWyngarden 6-3, 6-0 over Grace Belangee at No. 2 singles and Bailey Newman 6-1, 6-1 over Mayzie Hinkle at No. 3 singles.

"Especially No. 2 singles but No. 2 and No. 3 singles, we play an aggressive game and they didn't let the situation (Saturday) get to them," Carroll coach Kyle Stoffel said. "They just played that aggressive game and played it well.

"They didn't make many unforced errors and they just kind of overpowered Delta's No. 2 and 3."

Delta's Eleah Snider then won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles over Sydney Jackson while the Eagles' No. 2 doubles team of Kortney Helm and Alexis Manor came back to win over Carroll's Hannah Wallace and Katie Beier 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to the tie the match at 2 as the No. 1 doubles match was in a third set.

Delta is historically known for high-level doubles teams and this year was no exception.

"Their No. 1 singles player from last year is playing No. 1 doubles this year, Emma Snider," Stoffel said. "They're very talented at the net, they move well at the net.

"In No. 1 singles, (Eleah Snider) was just very consistent, when Sydney would volley to the corner, (Snider) was fast and she could send it back high and deep and that's a great way to neutralize point, get you right back to where you need to be on the court. That was probably one of the keys."

Stoffel believes the challenges the team faced today in earning the state appearance is a lesson that his team really is a team.

"They fight to the end," he said, "and the interesting thing is that a lot of people decided that Sydney Jackson's match was a foregone conclusion so it didn't end up that way. That's an important thing to realize with this team is what a team it is. When one doesn't quite get it done, the others come through and pick up the slack. It's not like we've had one spot that's guaranteed every single match.

"We've won in different ways and different matches."

In the other semistate at Homestead, Cathedral defeated Concord 5-0.

The Chargers will face the Irish in the quarterfinals 3 p.m. Friday at Center Grove.