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Wiregrass Ranch sisters take overall doubles title in Class 3A state tennis

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS —The Wiregrass Ranch girls became the school's first team to advance to a state championship.

On Friday, Sarah and Elizabeth Means made sure the Bulls didn't leave without a title.

The sisters used their superior court coverage and consistent play to defeat Chamberlain's Nicole Mera and McKenzie O'Brien 6-2, 6-4 in the Class 3A overall doubles final.

"This was one of our goals at the beginning of the season," said Sarah, a junior. "It feels incredible to accomplish it."

Sarah held her serve, up 5-4 in the second set, to close out the victory. "That's a tough point in the match," she said. "I had my serve broken the previous time I had served. We really just had to stay together as team."

The Wiregrass pair frustrated Chamberlain by running to nearly every ball, even those Mera and O'Brien thought they had put away for clear winners. Mera and O'Brien played more cohesively in the second set to tighten the score but couldn't pull ahead.

"They were fighting hard," said Elizabeth, a sophomore.

The duo becomes the first North Suncoast tandem to win an overall doubles title since Saddlebrook Prep's Leonard Gullan and Marc Spicljaric did it in 2003.

Wiregrass Ranch sisters take overall doubles title in Class 3A state tennis 04/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 6:34pm]
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