AVON LAKE — For the fourth straight year, Avon brought home the Southwestern Conference championship.
But it had to work overtime to secure its fourth title of the night, as the second doubles team of Ishani Kishorepuria and Julianne Hindman had to rally for a three-set victory against Avon Lake’s Ava Keller and Cailey Zanny 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, securing the Eagles’ victories in all but one of the five tournament draws Tuesday.
“That match was all mental, which was painful in the figurative sense,” Hindman said. “It feels really good to win the championship.”
Avon Lake built a 5-1 lead in the first set, one that the Eagles closed to 5-4 before the Shoregals closed them out. Avon, the draw’s top seed, restored order in the second by building a 4-1 lead of its own and holding on for a 6-3 victory.
It looked as if Avon Lake was going to win the match when, after going down 30-0 on serve, the Shoregals won the next four points, then broke at love and took a 15-0 lead in what would have clinched the match. Avon responded by getting the break, holding and then breaking at love for the championship.
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