The inaugural A One Supermarket/Berger Paints/Rubis National Secondary Schools’ Under 15 Road Tennis Titles are heading to the Grantley Adams Memorial School.
Despite a late start at the Rubis Sports Club Friday morning, when proceedings finally got underway Grantley Adams produced a clean sweep winning the team finals in straight sets 21-9 and 21-14 against Frederick Smith Secondary and also taking both the girls and boys individual championships.
The first of two individual finals featured Zaliya Campbell of Grantley Adams taking on Springer Memorial’s Andrenique Straker.
Both girls seemed extremely calm feeling out each other and playing comfortable forearm and back arm shots in a set which was evenly contested early on with the score being levelled at 8-8, 11-11 and 12-12 in the first couple exchanges.
The score moved to 15-13 with Campbell using neat footwork, applying pressure and forcing Straker into making errors.
Although being down two points, Straker picked up her game and delivered clever cross court shots to the left of Campbell, however those shots let her down at times and as a result, Campbell grabbed five straight points after making the score 20-15 in her favour.
Straker never had a worried face although Campbell needed just one more point to take the first set. With that in mind, Campbell basically fell asleep and Straker sneaked up to take the next three points in an effort to stage a comeback late on in the set. However, Campbell went on to win that crucial point to take the first set 21-18.
Having lost the first set Straker knew the only way the title would be going to Government Hill was if she first tied the game and got back on level terms and then win the deciding set.
Just like the first set, the girls hardly could be separated throughout a number of excellent rallies.
In this set Straker used her forearm and cross-court shots way better gaining much-needed points and causing Campbell to stretch at times with the score moving to 16-14 to Straker.
Straker let her lead slip hitting the net on two occasions much to the delight of Campbell who was now back on even terms at 16-16, the game was tied up again at 19-19 but Straker staged a late comeback to take the second set 21-19.
Gutted that she missed out on the opportunity to win the match in straight sets, Campbell came out hungry early in the deciding set leading as many as 9-6 before the court switch at the tenth point.
Straker was playing a very cautious game as she tried to fight her way back into this one just like the previous set delivering some injection shots in the process.
Although Straker was fighting hard, Campbell managed to pull away at 20-15 with all smiles on her face, as she was satisfied that victory was imminent.
Straker made her wait though giving her a late scare but in the end, Campbell hung on to take the girls’ title.
The boys’ final which saw Grantley Adams’ Corey Hoyte serving up against Thierry Walcott of Frederick Smith was just as close and exciting as the females with two of the top seeds battling it out.
It seemed to be a carbon copy of the girls match as Hoyte won the first set 21-14 for Grantley Adams only for Walcott to win the second set 22-20 and level up the series at one each.
Hoyte sowed Walcott in the first of the team competition and in the third and deciding set he didn’t make his intentions of doing it again a secret.
Hoyte proved to be fearless and aggressive on his forearm and back arm shots but Walcott tried to stay in the game as he forced Hoyte into making errors from time to time.
After getting 11 points in the set Walcott would get no more as Hoyte went on a rampage playing tricks and setting up his opponent to smash into his own net on numerous occasions gaining six straight points after to win 21-11.