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May 10, 2014

Lady Indians win state tennis title

TIFTON — The Irwin County Lady Indians were going for their first state tennis championship in school history Saturday against Gordon Lee.

After waiting so long, the suspense continued nearly all day, but Irwin eventually pulled out a 3-2 win in the public school Class A finals for their first state title.

Down 2-0, the Lady Indians got a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles from Jordyn and Jayden Jankiewicz. Then at No. 2 doubles, Kaley Youghn and Maggie Martin fell early losing the first set, 3-6.

"I went over there and talked to them, and they calmed down," said Irwin Coach Luke Roberts.

The speech worked as Youghn and Martin came back to take the match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Tied at 2-2, it came down to the final match of the day at No. 3 singles.

Irwin senior Summer Pridgen won her first set, 6-2, but fell down 4-5 in the second set.

"She then came back and bowed up to win that set, 7-5, giving us the championship," said Roberts.

The Irwin County coach said the finals were worthy of a state title match.

"Both teams fought hard and gave their all, that makes it even more special," said Roberts.

Also participating in the big day for the Lady Indians were Maddie Carlton and Alex Rhodes.

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