A gorgeous day of sunshine greeted the Lady Falcons as they arrived at Skyline High School last Monday for the opening round of the KingCo 4A Tournament. Moriah Austin, Britta Springer and Caroline Miller all won their first round matches and advanced. In doubles competition, the duo of Lauryn Stafford and Olivia Banks won their first round match to move on to the second round.
For senior Caroline Miller, the tourney represented the final outings of her prep tennis career. She engaged Newport’s Rena Song in a grueling match teeming with seemingly endless volleys back and forth. Miller ultimately prevailed 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
“I got really tired in the second set and so I was having a really tough time rallying back as the girl was really consistent,” Miller said. “She was a bit more energetic than I was. She was a very consistent player, and those are the most difficult people to play against. I just tried to stay positive and I think that helped. It may have been my last match, because I’m a senior, so I just wanted to enjoy it and not get really down on myself if I lost.”
Woodinville coach Jay McGinness was asked what he appreciated most in Miller.
“Caroline is just a very consistent player,” McGinness said. “She has developed her skills through years of playing tennis. She’s very competent in her game, and always has the attitude to think she can win. She always hangs in there and stays competitive. I’ve seen her stay in the matches where she was down and turned her game around. You can see her ground strokes are very consistent.”
One endearing quirk was the finicky manner that Miller often lobbed the tennis ball into the air 3-4 times before taking a whack with her serve.
“I’ve had a lot of issues with my serve in the past, so I am very particular about my toss,” Miller said. “If my toss is off, I know my serve will be off, and I just want it to be as good as possible.”
Heading into the second day of the tournament, only Austin prevailed to play another day, with her 6-3, 6-0 win over Issaquah’s Regina Darahovski. Austin would lose in straight sets on Day 3, to close out Woodinville’s participation in the post season.