McCall breezes through region semi but run at state berth ends

McCall breezes through region semi but run at state berth ends
McCall breezes through region semi but run at state berth ends | Greenfield High School, Katie McCall, Madison Patey, USJ, Emily Mullins, Region 7 A-AA tennis

Hustle — Greenfield’s Katie McCall charges in to keep a volley going during the Region 7 A-AA tennis championship Monday. McCall won her semifinal match but finished as region runner-up with a loss in the finals.
For the third year in a row, Greenfield’s Katie McCall had her spring travel plans disrupted by Madison Patey from the University School of Jackson.
Patey has repeatedly been the speed bump that slows down McCall’s trip to Spring Fling for the state tennis tournament.
The USJ Lady Bruin has ended the season of Greenfield’s top tennis player once again in the Region 7 A-AA Tournament on Monday at Skyhawk Courts in Martin. This time, Patey’s win over McCall came in the regional finals for girls singles.
The duo met each other in the semifinals as eighth-graders and as freshmen with Patey winning each time. Last season, Patey went on to Spring Fling and finished as the state runner-up in Class A-AA girls singles.
On Monday McCall, the District 14 A-AA singles champ, first knocked off Patey’s USJ teammate Emily Mullins, 6-1, 6-0, in the regional semifinals.
McCall broke Mullins’ serve in the first game and never looked back. The Greenfield standout won the first four games before Mullins finally held her serve. The Lady Yellowjacket won the next two games to take the first set, 6-1.
In the second set, Mullins repeatedly fired shots into the net, while McCall continually returned winners.
With the win, McCall advanced to face her nemesis in the final. Patey reached the final by downing Union City’s Caroline Kirkland, 6-0, 6-0.
Neither finalist could hold serve early in the match with momentum swapping back and forth. The duo alternated breaking serve resulting in a 4-4 score in the first set.
McCall tried to keep her USJ foe pinned deep on the baseline and then beat her with well-placed shallow drop shots.
Patey began to make McCall move laterally by crisscrossing the court with wide, hard passing shots. The plan worked as Patey finally held serve and then broke McCall for a 6-4 win of the opening set.
The second set began just like the first set with alternating service breaks for a 1-1 score. Patey then won at deuce to hold her serve and take a 2-1 lead. She swept through the next four games to take the set, 6-1, and win the match, 6-4, 6-1.
McCall finishes her sophomore season with an outstanding record of 18-2.

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