Sisters Devin and Jenna Knors claimed Cardinal Gibbons’ second consecutive state doubles title in girls’ tennis Saturday.
Devin, a senior, and Jenna, a freshman, beat Terry Sanford’s Huda McGraw and Emma Edge 6-3, 6-2 to claim the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A doubles crown at the Burlington Tennis Center.
For Devin, it was her second in a row after teaming with Lizzie Galush in 2013. But with Jenna joining the varsity, Devin wanted to team up with her little sister before she graduated.
“I really enjoyed winning it the second time, especially with my sister,” Devin said. “It was a good way to end my senior year.”
Jenna said she felt a little pressure, but she came through for her big sister as they completed an unbeaten season at 19-0.
“If she lost, I didn’t want to be because of her sister,” Jenna said.
Galush understood and cleared the way for Jenna. After all, Galush’s sister Karen is a seventh-grader who will be a freshman on the Gibbons’ roster when Lizzie is a senior in 2016.
“Devin and Jenna get along really well and play well together,” Galush said.
Galush competed in singles and advanced to the semifinals before she lost 6-4, 6-3 to the eventual runner-up, Wilson Hunt’s Taylor Love. It was Galush’s only loss in a 25-1 season.
“I wasn’t happy with the way I played,” she said.
A year ago, the Crusaders accounted for an all-Gibbons doubles final as Knors and Galush defeated Natalie Freeman and Summer Jacobs.
Freeman, a senior, and Jacobs, a junior, teamed up again Saturday and advanced to the semis before they fell to McGraw and Edge 6-4, 6-4.
In the singles final, Asheville’s Adrienne Haynes defeated Love 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.