PRATT — When Collegiates Brooke Withrow spent her eighth and ninth grade tennis seasons at the Chris Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., her focus was firmly on the sport and developing all facets of her game.
Withrow missed Collegiate, the school she had attended since before kindergarten, so she returned midway through her freshman school year. And what she discovered the following tennis season was how much she loved being part of a team.
Tennis is such an individual sport, but once I had a team, it made it so much easier and so much more fun, said Withrow, a senior who has made an oral commitment to Oklahoma.
Sunday she helped Collegiate win the Class 3-2-1A team title at Pratts Walter Blake Complex by winning her third straight singles title. Withrow, whose two previous titles were in Class 4A, beat Independents Anna Riedmiller 6-2, 6-1.
Collegiate, which won its sixth consecutive team title, also won the doubles title when the team of Hannah Osland and Allie Lindwall beat Independents Jessica Kieu and Cody Davis.
Independent finished second as a team, while Conway Springs was third after its doubles team of Juli Ann Wright and Brittany Pauly finished third with a win over Collegiates Emily Ramsey and Kara Maloney.
The 3-2-1A tournament was postponed to Saturday and Sunday because of poor weather on Friday.
Finding our second doubles team has been kind of a season-long mission, Collegiate coach Dave Hawley said of Ramsey and Maloney. The two girls that came here have just played phenomenal tennis, remarkable tennis. The reason we won the title is because of them getting to the semifinals.
The team and doubles title was special for Lindwall, a sophomore who was not part of Collegiates postseason team. She knew all season, though, that she wanted to partner with Osland, a sophomore who won the doubles title in 2012.
I felt like we play so well together, Lindwall said. Shes really consistent and really good at ground strokes and keeping the rallies, and coming in and executing. Im more aggressive and I put away things. She sets it up and I finish it, I think.
Osland and Lindwall cruised to the title, only giving up a game when Osland chased down a lob and the ball grazed her back. Lindwall dominated at the net, getting point after point with her ability to find the gaps or push it past the Independent players.
Shes gotten so much more aggressive, Osland said of Lindwall. Shes destroying things.
Withrow didnt have much trouble advancing to the single finals with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Conway Springs Heather Koester. But then Withrow had to wait for the other semifinal of Kansas City Christians Sara Goodwin and Riedmiller to finish.
Goodwin, the two-time defending 3-2-1A singles champ, won the first set against Riedmiller. But it was Riedmiller who took the three-hour set with the 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win.
She had a chance in the first set to win, and it got away from her, Independent coach Simon Norman said. I felt like for a freshman to put that back behind her and battle back and work her way back into it, she had a pretty good head on her shoulders. Thats Anna, shes feisty.
Riedmiller, who had an hour break before the final match, quickly took a 1-0 lead on Withrow and then held serve tied at 2-all.
Withrow admittedly was tight at the matchs start, and she felt the pressure of finishing her career with a state title in all three years.
She won the next four games of that set and opened the second set with a 5-0 lead.
I was pretty nervous, but I was hitting the ball back and keeping it in, Withrow said. She gave me a match. Shes a good player. Shes only a freshman, so she has a lot of victories ahead of her.
CLASS 3-2-1A STATE
1. Collegiate 57, 2. Independent 39, 3. Conway Springs 33, 4. Sabetha 16, 5. KC Christian 14, 6. Central Plains 13, 7. (tie) Hoisington, Ellinwood, Marysville 11, 10. Hillsboro 10, 11. Sterling 8, 12. (tie) Haven, Ellsworth 6, 14. KC Maranatha 5, 15. Beloit 4, 16. (tie) Meade, Minneola, Norton 2, 19. (tie) Wabaunsee, Chaparral 1.
First Brooke Withrow, Collegiate dec. Anna Riedmiller, Independent 6-2, 6-1. Third Sara Goodwin, KC Christian dec. Heather Koester, Conway Springs 6-0, 6-0. Fifth Besa Bwalya, Hoisington dec. Allison Weber, Hillsboro 9-6. Seventh Jaya Mantovani, Collegiate dec. Madison Thrasher, Sterling 9-4. Ninth Cara Anderson, Independent dec. Rachel Herzog, Ellsworth 9-4. Eleventh Megan Bowlin, KC Maranatha dec. Lexi Wenger, Sabetha 9-4.
Withrow, Collegiate dec. Koester, Conway Springs 6-0, 6-0; Riedmiller, Independent, dec. Goodwin, KC Christian 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
First Allie Lindwall-Hannah Osland, Collegiate dec. Jessica Kieu-Cody Davis, Independent 6-0, 6-1. Third Brittany Pauly-Juli Ann Winter, Conway Springs dec. Kara Maloney-Emily Ramsey, Collegiate 6-7 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2. Fifth Amy Wysong-Ellie Montgomery, Sabetha dec. Jenae Harmer-Lauren Hawkinson, Marysville 9-1. Seventh Rachel Doll-Danae Patten, Ellinwood dec. Karli Beck-Breanna Schartz, Central Plains 9-5. Ninth Kiana Finstad-Kalie Jones, Conway Springs dec. Sam Stallbaumer-Mary Wagler, Haven 9-7. Eleventh Keeley Hipp-Janae Ryan, Central Plains dec. Emily Brandt-Kellin Palmateer, Beloit 9-1.
Kieu-Davis, Independent dec. Maloney-Ramsey, Collegiate 6-3, 6-1; Lindwall-Osland, Collegiate dec. Pauly-Winter, Conway Springs 6-0, 6-1.