When the McDowell Lady Titans and Thomas Jefferson Academy finished their six singles matches all even at 3-3, MHS head coach Charles Brown was admittedly worried about what would happen in doubles.
After all, the Lady Titans had dropped five of their last six doubles matches in losses to Draughn and Owen last week.
Turns out Brown had no reason for concern.
McDowell (2-4) took the first two doubles matches and was tied with Jefferson in the final one when rain hit and the match was stopped with the Lady Titans leading 5-3.
“All three of the McDowell doubles teams started slowly, and I could picture the same outcome in my mind as our last match at Draughn, where we lost all the doubles matches,” said Brown. “Fortunately, the McDowell girls showed maturity by overcoming early deficits.”
In the third-seed doubles match, the Lady Titans’ Mary Grace Smith and Autumn Boyle teamed up to defeat Kaylon Jones and Shelby Chapman 9-7. Korryn Shedlock and Galina Weaver stopped Jefferson’s Claudia Deamont and Danielle Colder 8-5 to secure the victory.
McDowell’s Paige Shaw and Madelin Smith were tied with Kristin Husin and Sophia Hayes 7-7 when the match was called.
In singles, Husin defeated Shaw 8-4 at the top seed. Deamont beat Shedlock 8-3 at No. 2.
Madelin Smith held off Hayes 8-3 at the third seed. Jones beat Weaver 8-2 at No. 4.
McDowell won at Nos. 5 and 6, however. Mary Grace Smith beat Colder 8-3 at the fifth seed, and Savanna Miller blanked Shelby Chapman 8-0 at No. 6.
The Lady Titans open Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play today (Wednesday) with a home match against St. Stephens (4 p.m.). McDowell is at South Caldwell next Monday.