BURLINGTON — The state semifinals between North sectional winner Andover and South winner Barnstable came down to one set Sunday at Rahanis Park, with the Golden Warriors coming out on top, 3-2.
The Golden Warriors (21-0) won the No. 1 singles, with Samantha Camilo beating Lauren Persson, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), and No. 3 singles, with Courtney Nash beating Maria Andreadis, 6-0, 6-2.
The Red Raiders (20-1) won both doubles matches, with Gabrielle Riley and Katie Tynan winning at No. 1, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), and Taya Berler and Michaela Cornwall at No. 2, 6-3, 7-5.
With the sides tied, 2-2, and a trip to the state finals on the line, the No. 2 singles players took to the clay for all the marbles.
The first two sets between Barnstable’s Maggie Pedicini and Andover junior Karena Yan had been absolute battles, Yan taking the first, 7-6 (8-6), and Pedicini grabbing the second, 7-5.
The third set turned out to be one-sided as Yan sealed the victory for Andover with a comfortable 6-2 decision.
“I definitely felt the pressure but my team is very supportive and I knew that they would support me win or lose,” Yan said. “It feels amazing to be on our way to the state finals, especially since we got knocked out early in the sectionals last year.”
Barnstable, the defending state champion and winner of the past three South sectionals, was definitely not an easy out, as second-year Andover coach Alan Hibino can attest.
“Every set today was excruciatingly long and grueling, but all of the girls are mentally tough and found a way to get it done in the end,’’ Hibino said. “Our mission is not over yet, though, we have our hearts set on winning states.”
On Wednesday, the Golden Warriors will face the winner of Monday’s Shrewsbury-Amherst match at St. John’s (Shrewsbury).