NEWTON - Concord-Carlisle senior Maddy King realized the fate of the Division 2 state girls’ tennis title rested with her.
“I knew I had to win because my whole team was lined up behind the fence and they were all really supportive, and it was the final match of my senior year,’’ King said.
After three grueling sets with Hopkinton’s Vanessa Prathab that lasted nearly three hours, King emerged with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win, pushing the Patriots to a 3-2 victory and a state championship Tuesday at Newton North High. King was immediately mobbed by teammates, who celebrated their 21-0 season.
“You couldn’t have scripted it any better,’’ said C-C coach Bob Furey. “For the last three years, Maddy has been the heart and soul of this team, and this was the way it should be.’’
The Hillers earned the first win of the match when Olivia Anderson dispatched Katie Driscoll, 6-4, 6-2, in third singles. Concord-Carlisle rebounded, however, as Bella Stone and Carly McCarthy defeated Abby Normandeau and Bevy Reynolds, 6-2, 6-3, in first doubles and Sophie Hibben and Hallie McBride edged Katie Cook and Ameera Hammouda, 6-3, 6-0, in second doubles.
The doubles wins were a welcome sight for Furey, who saw both his tandems fall in Monday’s Division 2 North final against Winchester.
“It was a great day for my doubles, they just dominated,’’ Furey said. “Yesterday the singles were the heroes, and today it was the doubles, and of course Maddy.’’
In a rematch of the North Sectional individual final, Hopkinton’s Denny Lamachia met Julia Cancio in first singles. Unlike the previous meeting - won by Cancio, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) - Lamachia came away with a 6-3, 6-1 win to tie the match at 2.
That set up a winner-take-all scenario between King and Prathab. Though King lost the first set, her coach said he had little reason to worry.
“There are two things that got her through her match: No. 1, her heart, and No. 2, her mind,’’ Furey said. “She’s a very smart player. She made some important adjustments in the match, and it changed everything over for her.’’
King took the second set, 6-3, and held a 5-1 lead in the third set until Prathab rallied. Finally, after 2 hours and 45 minutes, King got the win.