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Maggie Walker tops Gate City for third straight state title

Kevin Mays • Jun 9, 2019 at 1:06 AM

BLACKSBURG — The result of Saturday’s VHSL Class 2 girls team tennis championship was disappointing for Gate City coach Delonda Spivey, but not completely surprising.

Maggie Walker used its power game and continued its recent domination of state tennis at the Class 2 level with a 5-0 win over the Lady Blue Devils at Virginia Tech’s Indoor Tennis Center.

The victory secured the Green Dragons’ third straight Class 2 girls tennis championship but its final one for at least a little while. The school will move up to Class 3 this fall.

The VHSL reclassification period is based on a four-year cycle, meaning Class 2 will crown a different girls team tennis champion next year.

NO SURPRISE

Maggie Walker’s strong, powerful play in the state final came as a surprise to no one.

“We knew what to expect when we came in,” Spivey said. “We knew Maggie Walker is a powerhouse and our girls had to be at the top of their game with their footwork drills and everything was going to be a factor today.

“With that said, Maggie Walker’s players are strong. We struggled a little bit with their power, but we played smart and we had a lot of good points. We just felt a little short today.

“They’re a good team,” Spivey added. “And we’re a good team also.”

POWER PLAY

Gate City senior Sarah Arnold dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Narmeen Rashid at No. 1 singles.

“I was really confident in our team today. But they’re just a really good team and they overpowered us,” said Arnold, a Virginia-Wise golf signee. “They’re moving up (to Class 3). They’re a really good team and you can’t take that away from them.”

Fellow senior Sydnee Reed, who fell 6-0, 6-1 to Natalie Kim at No. 4 singles, said the Lady Blue Devils played a solid game but their opponent was just a little stronger.

“She’s a really good player and I really respect her game,” Reed said of Kim. “She made me work.

“I’m proud of my whole team. Everyone played really good today and that’s all we can ask for. Maggie Walker is a really good team. I wish we could have pulled through, but like I said, they’re really good.”

OTHER RESULTS

Gate City’s Kaley Jenkins, at No. 2 singles, fell 6-2, 6-2 to Sammy Finnegan. Kirby Westerfield topped Amelia Jennings 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 and Grace Liu defeated Madison Parks 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5.

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