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fore­hand wide. But a deep fore­hand by Coyner led to a re­turn into the net by Artsova for deuce again. Ar­tasova then hit a re­turn past the base­line, to give Coyner the ad­van­tage. The Buc­ca­neers’ ju­nior won the set with a back­hand played at the net that Ar­tasova re­turned wide.

Coyner strug­gled with her serve in the first game of the sec­ond set. Af­ter two deuces, a dou­ble fault gave Artsova the ad­van­tage, and af­ter a se­ries of well-placed shots by both play­ers, Coyner sent a back­hand off the court, putting Ar­tasova up 1-0. Ar­tasova held ser­vice in the sec­ond game, fight­ing back from a game point, to make it 2-0.

Coyner held serve in Game 3 and took ad­van­tage of two dou­ble faults by Ar­tasova in the fourth game to tie the sec­ond set at 2-2. They broke each other’s serves again, 3-3, be­fore Coyner won the fi­nal three games.

Three ser­vice win­ners by Coyner and an er­rant Ar­tasova fore­hand made Game 7 a love game. Game 8 went to two deuces be­fore Ar­tasova sent a back­hand long and another one into the net for a 5-3 Coyner lead. Coyner closed the match with another love game. A deep back­hand by Coyner was re­turned long by Ar­tasova and Coyner fol­lowed that with three straight ser­vice win­ners.

“I ac­tu­ally train with my op­po­nent, so I knew that I had to be con­sis­tent and play my game, and get my serves in,” Coyner said. “I feel great. I feel that I’ve never been more pre­pared. I’ve trained all year long so I’m ready for to­mor­row. And I have noth­ing to lose, so I’m just go­ing to go out there and play the best I can.”

“She has grown so much from last year,” Tyng said. “Not only the qual­ity of her ten­nis has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally, but she’s so much more men­tally strong than what she was last year and it re­ally came to bear in the sec­ond set when she was down a break twice. Strong enough to stay pos­i­tive and have faith in her game that she can come back and win.”

Sant­myer won the fi­nal four games in his first-set 6-2 win against Shuck. With more con­sis­tent ground strokes, Shuck coun­tered with a 6-3 win in the sec­ond set and con­tin­ued his mo­men­tum in the fi­nal set. A ser­vice-re­turn win­ner put him up 40-30 in Game 3. Sant­myer then sent a fore­hand long af­ter at­tack­ing the net as Shuck went up 2-1. Shuck won the next three games to lead 5-1.

Sant­myer didn’t quit. He held serve and broke Shuck’s serve to close within 5-3. But Shuck closed the match with a pair of win­ning ser­vice re­turns and hus­tled to reach a rally re­turn that Sant­myer smashed off the court to end it.

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Kent Is­land High’s Kyle Alle­walt hits a re­turn dur­ing his mixed-dou­bles match with Kylie Yesker against Wil­liamsport’s Chloe Hud­son and Edi­son Ly in the MPSSAA state ten­nis tour­na­ment last Fri­day at Wilde Lake Ten­nis Club in Columbia.

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