North Caroline-Kent Island matchups dominate Chesapeake College net tourney
Bulldogs reach three finals and take two titles; KIHS pair claims doubles crown
WYE MILLS It only looked like a North Caroline-Kent Island high school girls’ tennis match at Chesapeake College Sunday afternoon. The Chesapeake College Junior Girls’ Tennis Tournament seemingly came down to that matchup all Sunday afternoon.
Five of the six championship participants in three categories hailed from either North Caroline or Kent Island. North Caroline won two titles with top-seeded Stephanie Johnson winning the championship singles title and second-seeded Kate Minkkinen rebounding from an upset loss in the regular draw to claim the consolation singles championship. Kent Island’s second-seeded sister duo of Corrie and Cara Russell, meanwhile, took the women’s doubles title with a 6-4 and 6-4 win over North Caroline High’s top-seeded sisters, Madison and Morgan Parks.
"I thought we communicated well and we tried to keep each other ’up’ even though we were tired," said Corrie Russell of the championship match.
"It was fun playing with my sister," added Cara Russell. "She’s always got my back."
Corrie Russell was also the runner-up in the championship singles flight. The only finalist who wasn’t from either North Caroline or Kent Island was Easton High’s Lyn Midcap, who finished second in Minkkinen in the consolation singles tournament.
Johnson had to rally from a set down Sunday morning to defeated fellow Bulldog Madison Parks. Johnson and Parks split a pair of taut sets before Johnson wore down Parks, 5-7, 6-4 and 6-0. She then defeated Corrie Russell, 6-3 and 6-2, in the afternoon title match.
"I’d already played a lot, so I wasn’t nervous," said Johnson, referring to the marathon match with Madison Parks.
Russell reached the finals by defeating Kent Island’s Stacey Tisack, 6-1 and 6-4, in Sunday morning’s other semifinal.
Parks and Parks beat their high school teammates, Emily Soper and Stephanie Waltrup, 6-0, 4-6, and 6-2, in one doubles semifinal while the Russell sisters topped Johnson and Rachel Caraballo, 7-5 and 6-1, in the other semifinal.
In Sunday morning’s 8-game pro-set consolation singles semifinals, Minkkinen defeated North Caroline teammate Arshelle Jackson, 8-2, and Midcap defeated North Caroline’s Jessica Zaki, 8-2, to set up their title match. Minkkinen downed Midcap, 8-4, in the championship match.
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