Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CLASS 2A TENNIS; Bolles Sophomore Gets Revenge Decker-Sadowski Wins State Quarterfinal Match against Newsome Foe

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CLASS 2A TENNIS; Bolles Sophomore Gets Revenge Decker-Sadowski Wins State Quarterfinal Match against Newsome Foe

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Byline: DAVID JOHNSON, The Times-Union

TAMPA -- Six months ago Lithia Newsome High School's Zoe Kent beat Katja Decker-Sadowski at a United States Tennis Association juniors tournament.

Decker-Sadowski got her revenge Tuesday.

The Bolles School's No. 1 girls seed at the Class 2A state championship took three sets, three hours and 41 minutes to do it, beating Kent 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (8) in a quarterfinal match.

Decker-Sadowski's victory helped a greater cause, too. It completed the Bolles' girls and boys undefeated run through the quarterfinals at Hillsborough Community College and led her teammates -- who had watched beyond a fence -- onto the court to celebrate.

"I wanted to win it for myself and the team. It meant more," said the Bolles sophomore, ranked 133rd in the USTA's national 16-year-old division.

Leading the second set 2-1, Decker-Sadowski left for a bathroom break, then returned to win the set. Trailing 6-5 in the third, she left the court to get a tournament official to watch the rest of a match after Kent called a few shots on the line against her. Early in the tiebreaker, the official overruled a point that would have been in the Bolles sophomore's favor.

"That's got to stop," Decker-Sadowski said of playing long matches, which preceded her 6-2, 7-5 semifinal loss to Whitney Spencer of West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman later in the day. "[But] if that's what it takes to win, then that's what I'll do."

Bolles leads both boys and girls competitions -- narrowly -- heading into today's deciding matches. The Bolles boys lead Miami Gulliver Prep 12-10, while the girls have an 11-9 lead over Cardinal Newman. Each Bolles team has six state runner-up finishes, but neither have ever won it all. The team singles and doubles matches are scheduled to conclude today.

Bolles boys No. 1 Zach Ganger pulled off a rally in the quarterfinals, erasing a 3-0 first-set deficit to defeat Gulf Breeze's Brock Sakey 6-4, 6-1.

But it was Ganger's semifinal match later in the day against the defending state champion Miami Gulliver Prep's top player that he said had the most importance. …

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