JONESBORO, Ga. - Walker defeated the Brookstone girls 3-2 in a nearly three-hour GHSA Class A state semifinal match at Clayton International Park on Friday.
Walker’s Katherine Oudin, twin sister of professional tennis star Melanie Oudin, defeated Brookstone’s Alex Snipes 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles spot, and Brookstone’s No. 2 doubles team of Kate Waddell and Hendley Badcock evened the score with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.
But the rest of the matches split and last to about 2:30 p.m., nearly three hours after they began.
Walker’s No. 2 singles player Caroline Brasher defeated Avery Hudson 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give it a 2-1 advantage, and Walker’s No. 3 singles player Jane Campbell secured the trip to the finals with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Rachel Levy.
Brookstone’s No. 1 doubles team finished up within seconds of the deciding match with the Cougars’ Gracie Straus and Rebecca Levy winning 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Walker will face Athens Academy, which defeated Savannah Christian 3-0 in a semifinal earlier Friday, later today.
The Brookstone girls defeated Walker in the state finals last season.
The Brookstone boys also were eliminated int the semifinals on Friday.
FridaySinglesNo. 1: Katherine Oudin (W) d. Alex Snipes 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Caroline Brasher (W) d. Avery Hudson 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 Jane Campbell (W) d. Rachel Levy 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.DoublesNo. 1:Gracie Straus/Rebecca Levy (B) d. Courtney Weaver/Carly Bloom 4-6, 7-6, 6-4; No. 2: Kate Waddell/Hendley Badcock (B) d. Deborah Luessen/Kellie Shirley 6-3, 7-5.