Decade-Long Baylor Run Ends, Raiders Runner-Up at State Tennis

Knox Catholic 4, Baylor 1. For the first time in a decade, the D-II state champion in girls' tennis is not Baylor. The Raiders' title streak ended at nine Wednesday as Knox Catholic prevailed 4-1 in a closer-than-it-sounds battle.

Knox Catholic took the doubles point with Maeve Thornton and Gigi Sompayrac beating Baylor's Agda Laakso and Samantha Helton 8-4, and Camilla Thurman and Anne Harris edging the Raiders' Gabby Czarnecki and Claire McOmie 8-7 (4) in a tiebreaker. Helen Guerry and Ensley Collins won their doubles match for Baylor but the team point was earned by the Irish.

Baylor's Claudia Finlay earned a team point with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win at number six singles but a straight set win at number one, a three-set victory at number four, and two-set tie-breaker win at number five gave Knox Catholic the four points needed to end the Raiders' reign. The two remaining matches were in the third set when the match ended.

Baylor finishes the year 9-2 with both losses at the hand of Knox Catholic, and ends the title streak at nine with championships in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. There was no state championship in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Baylor also has girls' tennis state championships in 1993, 1996, 1999, and 2000.

Click here to download the complete box score of the championship match.

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