Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman's Knight, Osterhaus Finish 2nd

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman's Knight, Osterhaus Finish 2nd

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EMPORIA -- Calling Saturday's Class 5A regional doubles championship match a roller coaster of emotions for Seaman's Sarah Knight and Shyanne Osterhaus doesn't quite do the ups and downs of the match enough justice.

There was elation when the Viking duo took the first set against Andover's Caitlyn White and Robyn Fritze 6-3 and a little concern when they dropped the second by the same score. There was despair when Knight crashed to the court midway through the third set with a severe cramp, and anticipation when five games later, White twisted an ankle and needed an injury timeout of her own.

In the end, there was pure exhaustion for Knight and Osterhaus. And plenty of satisfaction, even in falling short of capturing the regional crown, falling 7-5 in the third set.

"I couldn't be more proud of us," Knight said after the 3-6, 6- 3, 7-5 marathon final. "We've worked so hard for this."

Knight could hardly finish her thoughts, overcome by a wave of emotion. But that she even finished the match was a testament to her and Osterhaus' determination.

Down 2-1 in the third set to the Andover duo, Knight crumpled to the court with a cramp as the Vikings evened the set at 2-2. Given 10 minutes to recover and work through the cramp, Knight regrouped and carried on.

"At the time, no because I couldn't even more," Knight said about whether she thought she'd be able to continue. "But I wasn't going to quit even if I couldn't walk. I was going to make myself walk."

Likewise, Osterhaus was unsure just how the duo would function even if Knight could continue.

"That made us realize we were going to have to play even harder than before," Osterhaus said. "And if she couldn't move much, I was going to have to cover more court. I think it really brought us together and made us more determined."

Andover took advantage of the break and won the next two games to take a 4-2 lead, but Seaman fought back to win the next three games to take a 5-4 lead. …

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