WAXHAW – Marvin Ridge sisters Sophie and Ella Imhoff went the distance in the NCHSAA 3A tennis championships claiming the state doubles title on Oct. 27 in Cary.
Senior Ella Imhoff has been the ace of the Mavs since her freshman season, but just weeks before last season was set to begin she suffered a season-ending injury.
This year, she has returned and helped the Mavs to a 19-3 record.
Ella Imhoff went 18-3 in singles play and added nine wins in doubles, including an 8-3 mark playing with Sophie Imhoff, who was 21-0 in singles and added eight doubles wins.
The Mavs opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Rocky Mount’s Caroline Broderick and Katie Moss.
The Mav duo got past Chapel Hill’s Maddie Moore and Ingrid Mast 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
There, Sophie and Ella Imhoff had to go through Marvin Ridge teammates Avery Sager and Ainsley Zubrinsky, who had advanced after wins over wins over Kings Mountain’s Natalie Lutz and Madalynn Frye and New Hanover’s Kathryn Thompson and Frances Coleman.
After beating Zubrinsky and Lutz 6-3, 6-3, the Mavs advanced to the finals where they met up with another familiar pair in conference rivals Logan Stuckey and Kaitlyn Tozzi.
Tozzi and Stuckey had met the Imhoff’s earlier this season, winning 8-4 on Oct. 4 and 10-4 on Oct. 29.
But this time it would be different.
Sophie and Ella Imhoff jumped on the Catholic duo early and took the first set, 6-2. They would win the second set 6-3 to claim the state championship doubles title.
Charlotte Catholic’s Rose Kenny defeated Cougar teammate Maggie Gehrig to win the singles title.