Glenna Ragle, Hurricane's tennis coach, sat behind court four and watched her No. 3 girls singles player complete an 8-1 victory over Capital in the Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals Tuesday at Schoenbaum Courts in Kanawha City.
"It's been a long day, I guess that is a good thing - some people don't have a long day," Ragle said.
Lindsay Goff is the main reason for the length of the day. She lost a combined four games in three matches to reach the MSAC finals of the No. 3 singles bracket before losing 8-4 to Huntington's Rachel Subik.
Goff is Hurricane's only freshman singles player, but that doesn't mean she's inexperienced. Tennis is in her blood.
Her dad, Jason Goff, and his partner won the No. 1 doubles state title in 1991 for St. Albans. She also has an 8-year-old sister in the midst of her own tennis career.
"I've been playing since I was four," said Lindsay Goff, who defeated Beckley, Capital and Cabell Midland to set up the matchup with Subik.
Goff's unhurried strokes and scowls at her father are evidence of a long career already. Even at such a young age, Goff is developing a rivalry with Subik.
"I know her, but not in a friendly way," Subik said of Goff after the championship match.
Goff and Subik split their two previous meetings.
Subik won the first regular-season meeting 8-2. Goff came back from a 7-3 deficit Monday to win 9-8 (8-6) and tie the season series.
On Tuesday, Goff found herself once again down 7-3 and managed to hold serve, but was unable to rally. Still, she earned a spot on the MSAC all-conference team with her finals appearance.
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CASSIE MERCER, Huntington's No. 1 singles player, quietly added more hardware to her trophy wall.
The junior and daughter of Marshall University women's tennis Coach John Mercer, defeated Parkersburg in the finals, 8-0, for the MSAC title.
Mercer's resume already is full. As a 16-year-old, Mercer finished 2012 as the United States Tennis Association's third-ranked player among 18-under players in the Midwest region, which includes 11 West Virginia counties as well as all of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. She also was ranked 49th in the country according to the USTA.
She is seeking her third consecutive state title this season.
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RIVERSIDE'S DOUBLES team had a nice surprise for Coach Greg Hendricks.