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Jamestown’s Anna Walter left no doubt she is the best girls singles player in Conference 19 after not dropping a single game during three matches in Wednesday’s Conference 19 singles tournament at Kiwanis Park.
Walter started her championship run by defeating Smithfield’s Kayla Ervin 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m.
Two hours later, Walter swept Grafton’s Alexandria Dixon 6-0, 6-0 in the tournament semifinals.
Her finals opponent, Grafton’s Winnie Zhang, also displayed dominant play in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Zhang defeated Powhatan’s Eliza Jones 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals before taking down Jamestown’s Katie Hunt 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
In the championship match, Walter came out as the more aggressive player and kept Zhang on her heels. Despite falling behind early in game one, Walter battled back to take the game and eventually the set.
“At the beginning, I started off a little shaky,” she said. “I came back and turned it on. I was hitting my balls. I was just trying to play my game, and that’s what I did.”
Any shakiness in the opening set was long gone by the second set. Walter, who has now won back-to-back Conference 19 singles titles, could be heard from across the tennis courts pumping herself up after winning a long rally or hitting a winner.
In just over an hour, Walter had completed her sweep of Zhang to become Conference 19 champion.
Walter and Zhang will both play in Friday’s Conference 19 doubles tournament that will be held at Kiwanis Park.
Bruton’s Doubles Teams Fall in Conference 33 Doubles Tournament
Bruton’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Sasha Morris and Sydney Wojieszak suffered a quarterfinal defeat in the Conference 33 doubles tournament Wednesday.
Morris and Wojieszak were paired with Maggie Walker’s No. 2 doubles team and fell 6-4, 6-2.
The Panthers’ other doubles team of Allison Pratt and Leanna Troutman overcame Windsor’s No. 2 doubles team in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-0 before falling to Maggie Walker’s No. 1 doubles team of Anna Soffin and Marissa Raper in the semifinals.
Bruton’s 2015 season comes to a close with the loss in the tournament.