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Girls tennis: Wolves win key battle over Chamberlain

KATHERINE SMITH ksmith@tampatrib.com
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 06:58 PM

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When two unbeaten tennis teams are pitted against each other, something's got to give.

It took all seven matches before a winner finally emerged Monday, as Newsome's girls (8-0) edged Chamberlain 4-3 at River Hills Country Club.

It came down to the No. 2 doubles match to determine the overall winner. Newsome's Hannah Harkins and Savannah Ewing defeated McKenzie O'Brien and Caitlyn Lutz in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (10-8).

With key district matches against Wharton and Plant next on the schedule, Newsome hopes to get a big boost from the victory against Chamberlain (7-1).

"For it to come down to this last doubles match, I'm thrilled about it," Harkins said. "We definitely know we've got a bunch of hard matches to come and hopefully this will help."

Chamberlain's No. 1 player, Nicole Mera, and O'Brien, the No. 2 player, won their singles matches. But Newsome swept the No. 3, 4 and 5 singles matches to force the deciding doubles matches.

Needing both doubles victories, Chamberlain split up their No. 1 and 2 teams. Mera paired with Claudia Del Hierro to defeat Newsome's Jaci Watson and Jordan Lameier 8-6 in the No. 1 doubles match.

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