Jamestown’s Anna Walter wins second consecutive singles title

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Jamestown's Anna Walter won her third state championship on Thursday. (file photo)
Jamestown’s Anna Walter won her third state championship on Thursday. (file photo)

Jamestown senior Anna Walter capped off her high school career in style on Thursday, winning her second consecutive Group 4A singles championship at Liberty University.

Walter defeated Loudoun Valley’s Alexa King 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals before downing Lynchburg Christian Academy’s Eli Gallier 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match.

In both of her matches, Walter started slowly and played even with her opponent. However, after getting some games under her belt, Walter fell into a rhythm and cruised through the rest of her matches.

“Anna was trying to figure them out and shake off the nerves,” Jamestown Girls Tennis Coach Karen Johnson said. “Because of how she plays, she’s very smart, analytical, a great hustler. She took that time studying her opponent and each time, even though she was down, she turned the set around.”

Walter exits Jamestown as a three-time state champion, helping Jamestown win a team title in 2013 and winning individual titles the past two years, and holds the program’s career singles win record with 94 victories.

For Johnson, Walter will be missed for more than her dominant on-court performances, citing her leadership and work ethic.

“It’s been interesting to watch her mature,” said Johnson. “To see her mature and turn into that great leader, her off-the-court contributions to the team are immense. She’s brought an intensity and focus to practice.”

Walter will attend Virginia Tech in the fall, where she is considering playing club tennis. She has no plans to try out for Virginia Tech’s varsity tennis team.

Group 3A Girls Singles

York freshman Natasha Novak came up just short of earning a state championship on Thursday, losing in the Group 3A championship match to Cave Spring’s Fallon Delp 6-2, 6-4 at Liberty University.

Novak, the Group 3A East champion, reached the Group 3A championship match after defeating Western Albemarle’s Maddy Ix 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals earlier in the day.

Group 4A Boys Doubles

Jamestown’s top doubles pairing of Grayson DeBerry and Brad Mahaffey saw their season come to a close Friday morning during a 6-3, 6-3 loss to the E.C. Glass duo of Luc Mortesmousque and Trent Daly in the Group 4A semifinals at Liberty University.

“They played very, very well,” Jamestown Boys Tennis Coach Bob Artis said of E.C. Glass. “They had some big serves and they deserved the victory. We gave it everything we had.”

The match, which lasted roughly 90 minutes, was decided in large part by the service quality of Mortesmousque and Daly, who had powerful and accurate serves, respectively.

In the opening set, E.C. Glass earned an early break and took a 4-1 lead before closing out the set to go up 1-0 over the Eagles.

The second set was more of the same, with Jamestown hanging close but ultimately unable to keep pace during the loss.

Artis praised DeBerry and Mahaffey for their doubles season, adding he hopes next year will be Jamestown’s year to take home the state title.

Group 3A Boys Doubles

York’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Eric Moulton and Dennis Liu were no match for Hidden Valley’s doubles team of James Baron and Sam Burton during a 6-1, 6-1 loss during the Group 3A semifinals at Liberty University on Friday.

Baron and Burton, the Group 3A West champions, proved their dominance by dispatching the Falcons in roughly an hour.