High School Sports

Blythewood's Fosnacht breaks through with title

Blythewood's Katie Fosnacht claimed her first tournament victory of the year Tuesday at the S.C. State Junior Hardcourt Championships.

Fosnacht, the top seed in the girls 16 singles division, defeated Hilton Head’s Lindsey Burke 6-3, 6-1 in the final at the Columbia Tennis Center.

Fosnacht battled for each point in the first four games against No. 2 seed Burke before settling in and cruising to victory.

“In the second set, my consistency went down,” said the 15-year-old Burke. “(Fosnacht) played very well and was placing (her shots) well also.”

Fosnacht, 14, said she wasn’t consistent, either, but she said she was more aggressive than in previous matches in the tournament.

“I was putting balls away and out of reach (in the second set),” Fosnacht said. “But I struggled in the first set with my footwork, and she ran me side to side.”

Fosnacht said the match was “the best I’ve played all summer.”

Mike Capriotti, Fosnacht’s coach, said she seemed comfortable on the court.

“She executed her game plan, which was moving the ball around,” he said. “She did what she excels at — setting up the points.”

Fosnacht, who is home-schooled, said she has played in at least six tournaments since May and was excited to win one.

“I was focused (Tuesday) and am happy for the success,” she said.

In other finals Tuesday:

 No. 2 Thomas Bryan, of Lexington, defeated top-seeded Noah Nawabi, of Spartanburg, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (9) in the boys 10 singles division.

 No. 1 seed Jordan Dingle, of Aiken, won 6-2, 7-5 in the boys 12 division against fifth-seeded Hampton Drake, of Columbia.

 Top-seeded Maggie Herring, of Columbia, won the girls 10 division with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against second-seeded Savannah Gantt, of Beech Island.

 No. 1 Katie Williams, of Columbia, won a 6-3, 6-1 decision against second-seeded Ellie Halbauer, of Daniel Island, to claim the girls 12 title.

 Fourth-seeded Alexa Breeland, of Hopkins, won the girls 14 division against third-seeded Sarah McDonald, of Cottageville, with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Reach Riddle at (803) 771-8435.

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