Erin Cory of Estrella Foothills wins 3rd consecutive Division III tennis championship

Erin Cory of Estrella Foothills wins 3rd consecutive Division III tennis championship

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Erin Cory of Estrella Foothills wins 3rd consecutive Division III tennis championship

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The two Division III girls tennis state championship matches couldn’t have been any different, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t drama in both.

Erin Cory of Goodyear Estrella Foothills won the singles championship, while Allie Scott and Gabrielle Courtney of Tucson Pusch Ridge captured the doubles championship Saturday at Glendale’s Paseo Racquet Center.

It is the third consecutive championship for Cory, who defeated Phoenix Northwest Christian’s Abbie Denney 6-4, 6-2. While the junior remains perfect in state championship appearances, this time she was battling more than just her competitor.

“I really didn’t feel good all day,” Cory said. “I was having some stomach issues. I didn’t play my best because of it.”

Cory rushed off the court and out of the scorching sun after the match, barely cracking a smile, but after drinking some fluids, said it was all about effort today, despite inconsistent play.

“I really just battled hard,” Cory said. “I never stopped running after the ball. I never stopped trying.”

The heat didn’t seem to have any effect on the doubles championship.

Scott and Courtney outlasted Phoenix Country Day’s Rae and Charlotte Aaron 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a match that lasted well over two hours.

The championship is the first for Scott and Courtney, who decided to pair up just before their senior season.

“I’m so excited, I’m in shock right now,” Scott said. “Gabby and I have been fighting for this all season. … We played our best; that was the best we played all season together.”

In the middle of the third set, the Aaron sisters went on a three-game run, but Courtney kept Scott calm.

“Allie kept saying ‘It’s over,’ ” Courtney said.

“I looked at her and said, ‘No, Allie, it’s our senior year; we are winning this match.’ And we did. It was crazy.”

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