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Girls' tennis: While Doherty dominates homecourt tournament, Mitchell senior has big day

April 18, 2014 Updated: April 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm
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In her only year at a new school, Hannah Dailey finally put it all together in the same day against her District 11 rivals.

Fueled by an early-morning 6-2, 6-4 victory against Doherty's Natalie Becar, Dailey parlayed that into a career day at the District 11 tournament Friday at Doherty. She later carried that momentum through to a sweep of her three opponents and the No. 2 singles victory.

"Honestly, I didn't think I would do that well (against Becar), but coming out with a win, that set my whole day off," said Dailey, who spent her first three years of high school at Wasson before the school closed last May and she switched to Mitchell. "What changed is that I'm a senior and wanted to make a difference, to show other schools that anything is possible and anyone can win on any given day."

Doherty won the team title, claiming the other six first-place titles, to outdistance Coronado 18-13. Palmer earned eight team points, while Dailey claimed all three of the Marauders' points.

Dailey lost only five games in her final two matches, impressing her new coach as the prep season heads into its homestretch.

"She said this was the first time she placed in this tournament, so it's exciting for her to end her senior year with a nice little accolade," said Marauders coach Andrew McPherson, a 2005 Mitchell graduate. "She's picking it up at the right time of the year. This will boost her confidence, and I think she has a chance to certainly make it to the second day of regionals and possibly into state."

Doherty's singles and doubles teams combined for an 18-3 mark, highlighted by undefeated days from junior Kylie Simons - who lost just one game at No. 1 singles - and senior Emma Cheshire, who avenged an earlier loss to Coronado's Shauni Bernier.

Chesire, unlike Dailey, said she didn't feel the pressure of being a senior and playing in her last D-11 tournament.

"The fact that I'm graduating next month hasn't hit me yet," said Chesire, who is headed to the Naval Academy soon after commencement ceremonies. "I'm always trying to have fun out there. I had never picked up a racket until my freshman year."

A doubles player her first two years on varsity, Chesire this season stepped into a premier singles role following a mass exodus of seven graduating seniors.

"My record isn't that good, but I definitely feel like I've improved so much since last year."

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