News and Tribune


June 1, 2014

H.S. GIRLS' TENNIS: Floyd going back to state

Highlanders hang on to edge Jasper, 3-2 at semistate

JASPER — For the third time in four years, the Floyd Central Highlanders are headed to the state finals.

The No. 16-ranked Highlanders knocked off No. 6 Jasper 3-2 in the Jasper Semistate championship Saturday. 

Floyd Central opened the championship with an early onslaught that saw the Highlanders grab a 2-0 lead in a matter of blinks. Giorgia Rosetto set the bar as she steamrolled her competitor Jasper’s Maria Lueken 6-1, 6-0 in just 40 minutes. Shortly after, Dana Frank finished off Anna Flick 6-0, 6-4 to seemingly suck the wind out of the Jasper crowd.

“Giorgia was off the court in no time,” Highlander coach Rick Miller said. “It was simply amazing. I believe everyone was in a little bit of shock.” 

Jasper battled back and made things interesting. After claiming No. 2 doubles with ease (6-0, 6-0), Jasper also won a grueling No. 1 doubles match that lasted well over 2 hours.

Floyd Central seemed in control in the 2-2 tie and Alexis Applegate enjoying a 5-0 lead in the first set of her No. 3 singles match against Emma Yarbrough. Momentum shifted abruptly, however, as Applegate’s 5-0 lead evaporated into a 6-5 deficit. 

“When Alexis lost those six straight games, the tension got thick,” Miller admitted. “You could feel it in the teams, coaches and fans.” 

Applegate buckled down to force a tiebreaker, which she won 9-7. She then rolled in the second set to clinch a 7-6, 6-2 victory and the Highlanders’ finals berth they had been chasing. 

“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” a fired up Miller said. “To go to Jasper and beat a team ranked 10 spots a head of us is a big time achievement.” 

The Highlanders have been led all season by a three-headed monster at singles play. Miller credits their success to their ability to grow and improve weekly. He also hinted at a little preseason motivation. 

“Honestly, I didn’t know how good we would be this preseason, but I tell you what, to be ranked 25th was a slap in the face,” Miller said. “It’s absolutely crazy for a state runner-up to be ranked 25th preseason. Like I told the girls. ‘It’s okay if they want to treat us like that, we’ll just go to the state finals every year.’”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NTSPY Awards Ceremony

Photos from the 2014 NTSPY Awards Ceremony held June 26, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel