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Fischer's state title bid comes up short

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By The Staff

By GOOSE LINDSAY

Roane Newspapers

Murielle Fischer’s quest to win Roane County's first-ever TSSAA Class A/AA tennis state championship came up a little short last week as Boyd Buchanan’s Tara Garner defeated the Lady Jacket junior in the semifinal round, 6-1, 6-2.

Fischer advanced to the semis earlier in the day by defeating Columbia Academy's Steffen Pelletier, 6-2, 6-3.

Fischer came out strong against Pelletier, winning the first three games before she surrendered a point. She ended up taking a 5-0 lead in the first set before eventually picking up the 6-1 win.

The second set was tougher as Fischer and Pelletier split the first six games before Fischer won the last three in a row to claim the match.

Garner, however, proved to be a buzz saw. Garner”s returns were overpowering for most of the match as she kept Fischer on her heels for much of the match.

“The opponent was just better,” Fischer said when comparing Pelletier and Garner. “She (Garner) had stronger hits and she wouldn’t let me play the game I wanted to play.”

“She was just driving the ball deep with both her forehand and backhand,” Lady Jacket head coach Stanley Keylon added.

The match against Garner was almost the exact opposite of the match against Pelletier as Garner won the first five games before winning the first set, 6-1.

Garner won the first two games of the second set before Fischer made a bit of a run. Fischer won the third game of the set and was tied at 30 in the fourth game before Garner reestablished control. Garner went on to win three straight games before Fischer won her final game of the season.

Garner went on to win the championship with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over University School of Jackson’s Madison Patey.

Despite the loss, Keylon believes Fischer represented herself well in Murfreesboro.

“I think she did a great job; she maintained good court presence all day,” he said. “I”m real proud of how she handled herself in defeat.”

Fischer is a foreign exchange student from Switzerland and is attending Midway High School. She said the whole experience at the state tournament is something she’ll never forget.

“I love it,” Fischer said. “I had friends come over from Kingston to watch me play. It was great.”