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.