ROME, Ga. — Northview’s boys tennis program has seven state championships under their belt. On May 12, it was the girls’ chance to raise a state title trophy.
The Northview girls captured their first state championship over Cambridge, 3-2, in the third meeting of the teams this season.
“It’s amazing,” said head coach Donna McCarthy. “It’s been quite a journey, and it’s been very exciting for the team and the school.”
The state championship match pitted the Titans against familiar foes. The Bears handed Northview their only loss this season. The two programs met again for the region championship with Northview prevailing.
Having met twice during the regular season, McCarthy knew her team would be tested by the defending state champions.
“We knew we were in for a battle,” she said. “That really kept our emotions in check because we knew we had to play extremely well. We couldn’t let our nerves get ahold of us because that can really catch you out in some matches, especially when you’ve never been to [a state championship] before.”
And the match was about as close as possible, McCarthy said. Chloe Brown and Sarah Yang won their singles matches, but the Titans’ doubles pairs both fell, setting up a 2-2 tie for Northview’s No. 3 singles player, Kayleigh Yun-Thayer.
Yun-Thayer won the first set in a tiebreak, but soon trailed 2-5 in the second set. However, she won the next five games to take the set and earn Northview the state title.
“She was amazing,” McCarthy said.
The Titans compiled a 17-1 record this season and reached the state finals for the first time in program history. They also added to a history of state championship programs from the city of Johns Creek.
Northview, Chattahoochee and Johns Creek’s girls and boys tennis programs have combined for 17 state championships.