ANDERSON — Hannah McKissick completed her roll through the Women’s A Singles division of the Anderson Tennis Classic on Thursday afternoon.
McKissick rallied quickly from an early deficit to defeat Diane Silberberg 6-3, 6-4 for the championship.
“I didn’t even win a point in the first game,” said McKissick. “It took me a while to figure out her serve. I learned to just block the shot back instead of trying to hit it.”
She had never played Silberberg before so she had to form a strategy on the fly.
“I just tried to let her make the mistakes,” said McKissick. “I was a little more aggressive than what I usually am.”
McKissick, the No. 1 singles player and a junior now at Northeastern High School, had no idea what her chances were in this tournament.
“I didn’t see the draw so I didn’t know who I would face,” she said.
She defeated Lexi Allen and Brooke Smith to get to the final.
In a semifinal match in Mixed A Doubles, No. 1 seeds Alex Poe and Michelle McFerran were knocked off by No. 3 seeds, Marcy Huck and Matt Tran, 6-4, 2-6, 11-9. The winners will now face the No. 2 seeded team of Ben and Katie Wilson in this afternoon’s title match.
“In the first set, we were making a lot of shots,” said Tran. “In the second set, we were missing a lot of them.”
“They just started playing better,” said Huck. “We all know each other and are friends. We always want to win, but this is fun. Matt hit one ball right at Alex’s head, and Alex somehow hit it back. You just laugh at that and move on.”
The team of Poe and McFerran had mini-break advantages in the tie-breaker third set at 4-2 and 6-4. But the team of Tran and Huck scored five of the next six points and had a couple of match points.
“I got a little tight and had some butterflies,” said Tran. “But I settled down.”
From a 9-9 tie, Tran and Huck scored the final two points for the victory.
The Wilson team defeated Angie Jantulo and Scott Kennedy 6-3, 6-3 to create the berth in the title match.
“Ben and Katie are a really good team so it should be a good match,” said Tran.
The tournament runs through Sunday afternoon on the Anderson University courts.