In Salem, E.C. Glass sophomore Megan Knight took Hanover sophomore Raine Weis to the brink in the second set of their Class 4 girls tennis singles championship match Thursday at Roanoke College.
Weis, however, utilized big serves and capitalized on any opening to win the second-set tiebreaker and claim the state title with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Knight.
“She played great today. She played a really competitive match in the finals,” E.C. Glass coach Annmarie Hutchison said of Knight. “ … That was probably her best match of the season.”
Hutchison credited Weis, the Region 4B champion, with “clutch moves [and] big serves in clutch moments” after Weis and Knight held serve at the beginning of the tiebreaker.
“It felt like Megan was getting back on serve in the tiebreak, and the opponent stepped her game up a notch,” Hutchison said. “They were great points. Super great tennis.”
Knight finished her sophomore season with a 20-3 singles record and the Seminole District and Region 4D singles titles. She was the Region 4D runner-up last season as a freshman.
“Megan definitely stepped her game up another level from last year,” Hutchison said.
She opened Thursday with a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the semifinal round over Loudoun County freshman Fionna Flores.
“[Knight] played really solid. … She just played a bigger game [than Flores],” Hutchison said.
In the Class 1 girls tennis semifinals held at Radford University, Rappahannock senior Laura Ambrose outlasted William Campbell sophomore Sabrina Dickerson in a grueling first-set tiebreaker and won in straight sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Dickerson was the Region 1B champion.