The Miami girls tennis powerhouse added another championship Saturday night, defeating Phoenix Country Day 5-3 in the Division III final.
Behind the strength of their deep roster, top-seeded Miami was able to put away a pesky Phoenix Country Day team. The doubles team of Celine Mavin and Ashley Madrid had the title-winning match as they scored a 10-4 victory to clinch.
Though Miami had some difficulty with the sister-tandem of Charlotte and Rae Aaron, the top two on Phoenix Country, they were able to get three wins in the Nos. 4 through 6 matchups, and Keely Gaona mounted a comeback versus Rae Aaron to get them within one victory of the championship.
Miami had a chance to get the fifth win before doubles when Desiree Curiel pushed Charlotte Aaron to a third set in the top pairing. The match between the two lasted more than two hours before Aaron was finally able to put away Curiel 6-3 in the final set.
The two Aaron sisters kept Phoenix Country Day alive with their sound defeat over Curiel and Gaona in the top paring of the doubles round, coming out on top 10-3.
With the two other doubles matches going on concurrently and Phoenix Country leading in the third matchup, Miami relied on Mavin and Madrid to bring them through. When they finally scored the last point, the whole team and its fans breathed a sigh of relief and the celebration started soon after.
“When you win, you know that exultation and whatnot, but then you just flatline,” Miami coach Cherry Roberds said. “It takes a while to sink in. I’ve won a lot of state titles, but this one is more important to me than any of the others. I’m just really thankful it all came together.”