Lemasters masters clinching match
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After Kerry Anna Lemasters’ win at No. 2 singles, Whitefield Academy’s players were able to hoist their trophy as the championship team among Class A private schools.
<Br>Special photo by Cecil Copeland
After Kerry Anna Lemasters’ win at No. 2 singles, Whitefield Academy’s players were able to hoist their trophy as the championship team among Class A private schools.
Special photo by Cecil Copeland
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JONESBORO — Once the crowd assembled around the court she was playing on, Kerry Anna Lemasters knew Whitefield Academy was on the brink of winning its first state championship.

She was in a second-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles, with the score tied at 4-all, after she had won the first set.

With much of the attention on her, Lemasters quickly won the next three points to help the Lady Wolfpack seal a 3-1 victory over Providence Christian for the Class A private-school title Saturday at Clayton County International Park.

A missed volley put Lemasters ahead 5-4, and a service winner gave her match point before she won the tiebreaker and the match 6-1, 7-6 (4) on a deep shot that crammed her opponent.

“I was shaking like crazy, but it was good pressure, and I really wanted to win for the team,” Lemasters said. “I can’t even imagine winning the final match here. Never thought that would happen. I am so proud.”

Annie Sickling led 3-2 in her match at No. 3 singles when Lemasters scored the clinching point for Whitefield.

Providence had a dominant No. 1 singles player in Evangeline Crist, who beat Rachel Hicks 6-2, 6-0 to give Providence its first and only point of the match, but the Lady Wolfpack took over from there.

Megan Smith and Amanda Brasileiro evened the match for the Lady Wolfpack at No. 2 doubles when they beat Maddy Shoon and Erin Fisher 6-4, 6-4.

Smith and Brasileiro rallied from down 40-15 to win the final game behind a volley winner by Brasileiro, and a forehand down-the-line passing shot.

Caroline Holliday and Megan Schwarzkopf came through with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory over Carly Dubay and Mary Ellen Brannon at No. 1 doubles, just minutes before Lemasters clinched the final point.

Holliday and Schwarzkopf won both sets after trailing 4-1 in the first and 5-3 in the second.

After trailing 4-1 in the first set, Schwarzkopf stayed on the baseline, even with Holliday serving, and Holliday took over at net. They stuck with that strategy in the second set, even when they trailed.

“I have never seen so much heart and togetherness,” Whitefield coach Rick Allen said. “It’s hard to explain. We don’t have the best talent, but we have so much energy. Even on the bad days, we can whip out a win. They feel authenticated, and they feel worthy.”
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