FAIRFIELD BAY - Parkers Chapel's strategy in the state tennis tournament for the girls has been to stack the doubles. It's worked two years in a row with the Lady Trojans advancing two teams to the finals and claiming a pair of 2A State Championships.
On Tuesday, sophomores Bella Frisby and Kallie Martin edged senior teammates Rebekah Hardy and Madison Sullivan in the finals of the state tournament at the Fairfield Bay Tennis Center. For Frisby, it was her second straight doubles state title after teaming with Ali Looney last year.
The match came down to a pair of tiebreaks with Frisby and Martin winning 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5).
"It felt really good, exciting," said Frisby. "It was tough but it was fun. We both knew each other's strategies so that made it hard to play."
Martin advanced to the state semifinals in singles last season.
"It's pretty amazing," she said. "I was very close with our competition. It was upsetting to watch them lose but also I was glad to win. Overall, it was a pretty good day. It was stressful."
Frisby and Martin advanced to the finals with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Riverside on Tuesday. Hardy and Sullivan beat Marked Tree 6-4, 6-0.
Hardy and Sullivan entered the tournament with a higher seed after beating their teammates in the conference tournament.
"I think we both played really good games," said Sullivan. "They hit more shots. They played smarter and placed the ball better. I think, overall, that was what got them the win. It really was a good match."
The Lady Trojans dominated the team competition, totaling 13 points to 7 for the state runner-up. Hardy said that served as some consolation and eased the disappointment of coming up short in the doubles' final.
"It is hard. Losing is always hard. But the fact we all won as a team makes it a little easier to cope with the loss," said Hardy, who competed in singles on last year's team. "Winning is definitely one of the best parts of sports. Winning a second time, especially as a senior, is unbelieveable."
"I think we went out good," Sullivan said of her senior season. "Obviously, it could've been better if we would've won. But, winning as a team really helps. We accomplished a lot and we came super far, considering I was the alternate last year and Rebekah played singles."
For Frisby and Martin, they hope the wins just keep on coming.
"It was just a good win," said Frisby. "I'm glad to have Kallie, who's my age. Maybe we can get two more wins these next two years."