Kate Turvy of Dublin Coffman won her second straight singles title, beating Stephanie Danesis of Richfield Revere in the final 6-0, 7-5 to extend her unbeaten streak in high school tennis to 59 matches.
On the doubles side the Dublin Jerome duo of senior Jessica Easdale and freshman Kathryn Farrar won the title, defeating Katie Pleiman and Nicci Dresden of Chaminade-Julienne.
Though Turvy’s victory over Danesis was likely the most high-energy match of the weekend, the most impressive title was probably the one captured by Jerome.
When senior Caroline Farrar went down with a broken thumb on Sept 20, it meant that Easdale would team with freshman Kathryn for the postseason. The two had never played together prior to sectional play early this month and their first match against quality competition resulted in a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Upper Arlington in the sectional final.
“That first match they got absolutely obliterated,” remembered Jerome coach Anthony Susi. “They came over to me at the fence and were practically shaking.”
But Easdale and the younger Farrar used the loss as motivation, working extensively with their coaches and playing practice match after practice match. The following weekend, after dropping the first set, they beat that same UA team in three and haven’t dropped a set since.
“We both thought we could win,” Easdale said Saturday. “But we weren’t sure if we could pull it together in time to actually do it.”
Jerome seemed to break the C-J team’s spirit in the twelfth game of the first set. With Easdale serving at 6-5, Jerome found itself down 0-40. Instead of conceding the game and going to a tiebreaker, Jerome rolled off five straight points to take the first set.
“I looked at Kathryn and said ‘We are not losing this game,’” Easdale said. “Kathryn played two awesome points in a row and I served a good one (at 30-40). As soon as we got to deuce I thought to myself: ‘We are so winning this.’”
Kate Turvy, who won her first state title as a Jerome sophomore last year, won her second title as a Shamrock. With the victory, Turvy extended her high school winning streak to two years and has now won all 118 sets she has played since finishing fourth in the state as a freshman.
“This was definitely hard,” Turvy said of here second state title. “The pressure of it was different.”
After cruising through the first set 6-0, Turvy found herself down 4-1 in the second, the first time she has been down by that margin in any high school set in at least two years.
At about that time something appeared to switch with Turvy’s emotion, and the normally stoic junior began pumping her fist, jumping and screaming “Come on!” after almost every point.
Turvy, who had been serving underhanded to combat the wind at Davidson, won the next two games and six of the last seven to win the match.
Coffman coach David Drees said he had never seen Turvy so charged up.
“She got better the more excited she got,” Drees said. “It was just one of those things where Kate took it to a level she’s never been to before.”
Though both Danesis and her coach were displeased after the match with what they deemed a lack of sportsmanship, Turvy was insistent that her emotion was not directed at the opponent.
“It was just how I felt,” she said. “Winning a state championship is really important to me. I was really excited to be there, I had a lot of energy and I had to show it.
“It’s hard to describe, but you can’t keep that much energy inside you.”