Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman Tennis Team Savors First City Title

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman Tennis Team Savors First City Title

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It looked like Seaman's shot at its first city girls tennis championship might be slipping away when both Viking doubles teams fell behind 5-2 in the finals last Thursday at the Kossover Tennis Center.

And the title was still hanging in the balance even after the No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Knight and Shyanne Osterhaus and the No. 2 team of Mallory Lantz and Brenlee Yingling rallied to force tiebreakers.

But the Vikings, no strangers to nail-biters, pulled out both doubles titles to win the team title by a single point over Shawnee Heights and two points over Washburn Rural.

"They've handled pressure really well,'' Seaman coach Andrew Taylor said. "We've had several matches go to tiebreakers this year and have won about all of them.''

Osterhaus, a junior, said there was no time to panic when she and Knight, a senior, got behind.

"We got kind of nervous when we got down, but Sarah and I have worked together for a long time, playing together, so we knew that even though we were down there's always a way that we can come back and win,'' Osterhaus said. "We just stuck together and we just played the same tennis we've been playing all year and just got down to it and played the best we could.''

Yingling and Lantz, both seniors, were in an identical situation.

"I was kind of telling myself that I needed to breathe before every point, stay focused one point at a time and that's what me and Mallory kept telling each other,'' Yingling said.

"We'd prefer it not let it get to that point (a tiebreaker), but if it does we have confidence that we can win it,'' Lantz said.

The Vikings also got a third-place finish from Sydnie Crow in No. 2 singles and a fourth-place finish from Bailey Chinn in No. 1 singles as every point Seaman scored was crucial.

"I could not be happier for (the team),'' Taylor said. "More than any girls that we've had some through, just in the few years I've been coaching here, they've put in the work. And not just during the season but throughout the summer, throughout the winter and the spring.''

"It means so much to me for the team,'' Osterhaus said. …

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