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STORY: Tabb wins both Bay Rivers singles titles
Tabb sweeps Bay Rivers singles titles
By Sonny Dearth | email@example.com
NEWPORT NEWS —
The dominant colors Monday in the Bay Rivers District tennis singles finals were Tabb orange and black.
Top-seeded senior Adi Shetty won the boys championship, and upstart freshman Alex Jenssen became the Tigers’ first girl to win a Bay Rivers crown.
Shetty, in a bright orange shirt, beat fellow senior Jacob Braig of Jamestown 6-2, 6-1 to stay unbeaten for the season. Jenssen, in her black outfit, outsteadied No. 2 seed Tori Ford of Lafayette 6-4, 6-2.
"Go Tabb," "way to go, Alex" and "nice shot, Adi" were predominant cheers around sunny Huntington Park from other Tiger players and supporters.
"I love having that support there, even if they were a little loud for tennis fans," Jenssen said.
Both singles runners-up took doubles titles, though. Braig and Elliot Mee rallied past Shetty and Matt Murch 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, and Ford and Annie Goode defeated Bruton’s Emily Demeo and Helen Mittmann 6-2, 7-5.
Shetty’s speed and consistency overcame second-seeded Braig’s power in a good-natured, high-quality rivalry. Shetty was second in the district tournament last season before Braig became the Region I runner-up; each beat the other before losing a final to eventual state Group AA champion Yakov Diskin of Grafton.
Monday "was a nice day for tennis. That might have favored me because I like perfect days," Shetty said. "I just kept the ball in play. … I was anticipating well today; hopefully that continues for the rest of the season."
Jenssen’s crown was far more surprising. She plays No. 3 in dual matches for Tabb, whose second-place team finish netted the Tigers two spots in the singles draw of 16. No. 1 player Sarah Haase took one slot. Tigers No. 2 Sarah Rowe would have gotten the second berth, but she skipped the tournament to go on a band trip. That opened the door for Jenssen to nimbly move about the court … and look what happened.
Her consistency and footwork frustrated Demeo last week, then Ford, whose blasts missed the court more than usual. Serving at 4-5, 40-love, she made errors on five consecutive points to yield the first set.
"It was very nerve-wracking," Jenssen said. "I’d never really gotten to watch her play before. I didn’t know what to expect." As for passing shots, "those are my favorite," Jenssen added.
In the third-place matches, Demeo beat Haase 6-0, 6-2 and Lafayette’s Joe Cross defeated York’s Alex Chen 6-2, 6-0. Taking third in doubles were the Rams’ Cross-Spencer Latson team and Jamestown’s Kelly Little-Laura Curtis tandem.
All of the finalists and third-place finishers advance to the Region I tournament’s individual phase, which begins May 31 at Jamestown. The team competition starts Thursday on Williamsburg-area courts, and it will include boys from Jamestown, Tabb and Grafton, and girls from Lafayette, Tabb and Jamestown — the first-through-third-place teams in the regular season.
Last edited by Sonny Dearth : 05-21-2007 at 08:00 PM.
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