OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High tennis ace A.J. Tabora had to battle heat, humidity and an unrelenting attack on her backhand to come back and win an tiebreaker district tennis title for the Oakleaf High …
OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High tennis ace A.J. Tabora had to battle heat, humidity and an unrelenting attack on her backhand to come back and win an tiebreaker district tennis title for the Oakleaf High girls tennis team.
In 1A, St. Johns Country Day School got a district team title while the boys finished as runnerups. Both advanced to the region playoffs starting Tues., April 19 against P.K. Yonge. Stella Hyatt was girls individual champion for St. Johns.
“I just kept telling myself to keep moving and be consistent,” said Tabora, a junior with a 9-0 regular season record, who won her preliminary matches decisively to match up with Kylie Kochis of Nease High, just a freshman who sported a 6-2 season record. “She beat me earlier in the year and we both kind of knew what we were both going to do.”
Tabora’s win came with a 3-6 loss in game one, then a regroup to a 6-4 win and finally the 10-4 win in the tiebreaker set.
“We were both waiting for a mistake on the other side I think,” said Tabora. “That’s just tennis at the championship level. Stay within your strengths.”
For Oakleaf coach David Martin, Tabora becomes the second Oakleaf High schooler to state.
“Being just a junior, she should come back stronger next year,” said Tabora. “I play tennis through the summer and keep my game sharp.”
Tabora wanted her team to join her and the double squad did earn a team point.
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