Notre Dame girls tennis team wins state title

The Lady Irish capture the program’s second crown with a 4-3 victory in the finals

Championship for Notre Dame The Lady Irish tennis team shows off its state-championship hardware and T-shirts. From left are coach Anne Ricksecker, Katie Lamsey, Danika Dorris, Sarah Joyce, Allyson Ross, Callie Voges, Katie Joyce, Anna McIntyre, Bridget Haywood, and coach Gary McIntyre.

The Notre Dame High School girls tennis team won the 2012 Class A-AA state title, finishing the season undefeated at 14-0.

The title was the second overall for the Lady Irish program, which also won a championship in 1985.

Notre Dame defeated Christian Academy of Knoxville 4-3 in the finals this spring.

Each of the girls had outstanding individual seasons, with three players—Katie Joyce, Sarah Joyce, and Allyson Ross—remaining undefeated until the team regionals and two (Sarah and Allyson) going into the state finals undefeated. Allyson remained undefeated throughout.

Callie Voges, the only senior on the team, and Danika Dorris also played integral roles in propelling the girls to the title. Sarah and Danika teamed up to clinch the state championship with an 8-4 win in doubles.

Also against CAK in the finals, Katie won her singles match 6-0, 6-1; Danika triumphed 6-1, 6-3; and Allyson swept her match 6-4, 6-2.

Notre Dame blanked Page 4-0 in the state semifinals, with all four winners combining to lose only one game. Katie was victorious by a 6-1, 6-0 count, while Sarah, Danika, and Allyson all won 6-0, 6-0.

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