It wasn't breakfast at Wimbledon, but Madison's Daria Ivan got a little taste of stardom, defeating Wakefield's Morgan McKenney, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), in yesterday's Virginia Northern Region championships at Wakefield.

The doubles final featured Madison's Leah Palmer and Julie Seamon dominating McKenney and Christy McSorley, 6-0, 6-3. Palmer and Seamon lost just four points in the first set.

The turning point in the singles match came during the second set, with McKenney twice up two breaks and seemingly in control. But Ivan's reputation for comebacks proved deserved as she methodically inched back into the match, forcing McKenney into a 6-6 tiebreaker.

"She became sort of tentative as I started to come back," Ivan said. "You start to do that when your opponent gets back in it. High school tennis is such a big deal around here so obviously I'm very happy to have won this."

Ivan, after her relatively quiet first-set victory, fell behind a service break in the second set but broke back, making it 1-1. McKenney then began to confound Ivan with an assortment of deep passing shots and well-placed drops that put her up 4-1.

"I concentrated more {in the second set} but Daria hit some really good shots," McKenney said. "Daria will hit a really deep ball and come in and I was a bit wary of that."

McKenney was in position to put the set away after going up 5-2, but Ivan turned to her reliable backhand and sent McKenney scrambling from sideline to sideline.

"Morgan's game is to stay back," Ivan said. "I stayed back for a while at the beginning but I knew I had to mix it up {and} I used my slice backhand. {McKenney} knows the classic, cross-court, down-the-line shot."

After Ivan held serve at 5-3 and then broke at 5-4, the two exchanged service breaks until the tiebreaker, in which Ivan developed a sudden pace on her shots, taking an almost insurmountable 5-0 advantage before forcing McKenney to hit into the net at 6-1.

"I tried to step up in the second set to pressure her," McKenney said. "But I know Daria and she's an athlete. She gets to a lot of balls."

In the doubles match, the first set was a veritable clinic, with Palmer hitting blistering passing shots and Seamon placing pinpoint net volleys.

The two had no specific strategy for the match.

"We really haven't been working on a serve-and-volley game," Palmer said. "I don't think we will until states."