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The Journal Gazette

Friday, June 09, 2017 6:10 pm

State Tennis

Canterbury's Foster, Carroll's doubles team advance

MARK AMBROGI | For The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS — An abundance of patience was crucial to Canterbury’s Kyra Foster cruising over Avon’s Teodora Simion on Friday in the state singles quarterfinals at Park Tudor School’s tennis court.

“She’s a very defensive player and I’d say I’m more of an aggressive player,” Foster said. “(Friday) I was hitting the ball well, so it worked out fine.”

The Canterbury sophomore improved to 28-1 with her (12-8) 6-2, 6-0 win. Foster will face Carmel’s Lauren Lemonds (31-0) in today’s 10 a.m. semifinals at Park Tudor. The championship is set for 2 p.m.

Carroll’s sophomore duo of Mia Toscos and Lauren VanWyngarden (28-2) topped Elkhart Memorial’s Magdalen Dickerson and Layla Jojo (13-5) 6-2, 6-2 to move into the doubles semifinals at 10 The championship is set for 2 p.m.

“Kyra had played this opponent before,” Cavaliers coach Jerry Gerig said. “She’s (Simion) willing to do any strategy it takes. From the beginning (Simion) was hitting high looping balls. Kyra just needed to be patient and wait for the right ball to go after and she did that. Patience was the number one thing. If she had tried to go too big, too soon, I think that would have been a problem. We had a game plan going in and I think she executed well.”

Foster, who is in the semis for the second year, said last year’s experience was a big boost.

“I noticed a big difference in my feelings from last year vs. this year,” Foster said. “I just came out here and was pumped up and ready to go.”

Foster has never played Lemonds, who helped Carmel to state team title a week ago.

“She’s a very strong player and I just going to go out there, give it my all and leave everything on the court,” Foster said. “I’m just going to try to win with different approaches, just trying to win points in different ways.”

Foster said she is much better shape than she was a year ago.

“So that helps with the heat,” Foster said. “I’ve added a lot of variety to my game. I can slice or I can go into the net or draw my opponent into the net.”

Carroll coach Kyle Stoffel wasn’t overly impressed with his doubles team, which will play the South Bend St. Joseph’s team of Talle Corrigan and Kayla Graham (18-0) in today’s semifinals.

“I would call it an average day at best,” Stoffel said. “I’m glad we came out with a win. That’s the sign of a good team when you can still win when you’re not at 100 percent. Hopefully, we will regroup and be 100 percent.”

Stoffel said he would like to see improvement in almost every area.

“It seemed an energy issue,” Stoffel said. “Returns didn’t quite have the pop they normally do. Net play we weren’t quite as aggressive as we normally were. We can play better. We played OK.”

Wyngarden agreed their play has some rough patches.

“We pulled through. Once we got more into and hyped up, we were able to use that energy we had and transfer it to the ball,” Wyngarden said. “We played our game more as the match went on.”

Toscos said she they were nervous at first.

“We started high-fiving more and communicating more and we managed to get back on track,” Toscos said. “I want to improve on our activeness. We weren’t moving as well as should of. I wasn’t moving my feet as well as I usually do, that contributed to us slacking a little bit. I’ll work on it (Saturday) and hopefully we’ll have good results again.”

Toscos and 2016 graduate Dana Huck reached the state doubles semifinals last year.

“We’re both used to it now,” Toscos said of the environment. “Last year, it was kind surprising with all the big crowds screaming and everything.”