Independent tennis player Sam McCoy was a little worried after he and his doubles partner, Jacob Maddox, lost 6-1 in the opening set of the regional semifinals at Collegiate on Friday.
They advanced past the quarterfinals with ease, and as a No. 1 seed, weren't expecting to be tested so early in the day.
"We had a lot of motivation knowing that taking regionals was a possibility," McCoy said. "We weren't nervous as much as we were just taking a little longer to find our rhythm."
McCoy and Maddox won the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 over Collegiate's Hunter Morris and Paul Abromeit, and the championship in the next match, helping Independent to the Class 3-2-1A regional title.
"Everyone fought hard today. We won several matches that we could have easily lost," Independent coach Simon Norman said. "The guys deserved this win today."
After winning the first set of the championship match, Maddox and McCoy dropped the first game of the second set against Collegiate's Clay Holden and Chase Athip, then reeled off the next six games for the victory.
"I felt pretty good about the end of the day," McCoy said. "We got out there and played our best in the end."
Jake Norman took home the singles title for Independent.
Norman, a sophomore and defending state champion, held off Collegiate's Daniel Ritchie in a tiebreaker in the second set of the championship match to win 6-1, 7-6 (6).
"It's always fortunate to come out ahead," Jake Norman said. "There was a state-like atmosphere out here. The main goal is to qualify for state, but winning it is a nice bonus."
Independent's other singles player Corban Aspegren took third place with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Collegiate's Travis Osland.
Independent qualified its entire team for state, but almost came up short with its No. 2 doubles team, Colten Anderson and Brandon King.
Anderson and King lost in the quarterfinals to Hutchinson Trinity's Jason Banning and Michael Lindt 6-3, 6-2.
They were able to hold off another Hutchinson Trinity team with a 10-5 tiebreaker in the losers bracket before finishing fifth in three sets 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 against Conway Springs' Jordan Ast and Kari Barkley.
"That win gave us the extra point we needed to win the whole thing," Simon Norman said. "If they wouldn't have won, they wouldn't be going to state."
Collegiate also qualified its entire team to state by advancing every player to the semifinals.
The top six singles and doubles players qualified for the state tournament.
Team—Independent 22; Collegiate 21; Hutchinson Trinity 7; Conway Springs 4; Hillsboro 4; Douglass 0; Chaparral 0.
Championship—Norman, Independent, def. Ritchie, Collegiate, 6-1, 7-6 (6).
Third place—Aspegren, Independent, def. Osland, Collegiate, 6-1, 6-2.
Fifth place—Shewey, Hillsboro, def. Banning, Trinity, 6-1, 6-0.
Championship—Maddox-McCoy, Independent, def. Holden-Athip, Collegiate, 6-1, 6-3.
Third place—Morris-Abromeit, Collegiate, def. Lindt-Banning, Trinity, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
Fifth place—Anderson-King, Independent, def. Barkley-Ast, Conway Springs, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3.