Maggie Walker responded as Naadia Rashid beat Selverstone 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles and Tang outlived Maya Kelly 6-2, 7-5 to extend the game to doubles.
Maddie Farmer made up for a 5-2 deficit in the third set to win 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Newell to give Western Albemarle a 4-2 lead in singles. The junior won the last five games of the match, while battling cramps halfway through the final set, to put the Warriors ahead.
The Dragons showed a propensity to thrive in long games following Tuesday’s epic 5-4 thriller against Tabb to advance to the championship game.
It showed on Thursday that Maggie Walker continued to reduce Western Albemarle’s lead as the game went on in doubles. Westerfield and Rashid beat Winslow and Nolasco 7-4 in a tiebreaker to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at the No.1 double to close the gap to 4-3.
In the No.2 doubles, Vegunta and Liu beat Warren and Kelly 7-5 6-4 to tie the game at 4-4. Farmer typically plays with Warren in a # 2 doubles, but missed the game due to lingering cramping issues.
This set the stage for Selverstone and Evans.
The duo won the first set 7-5 before falling behind 5-2 in the second set. Western tandem Albemarle rallied to break serve twice to take a 6-5 lead, but Tang held on serve for Maggie Walker to force a tie-breaker.