Marshall senior Faby Chaillo bookended her high school career Saturday at Jefferson District Park in Fairfax with a second Virginia AAA girls’ tennis championship.
Chaillo, who also won a state championship as a freshman, beat Victoria Olivarez of First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, 7-5, 7-5. The win was especially sweet for Chaillo, who took her sophomore and junior seasons off while recovering from surgeries that reconstructed both of her hips and repaired two broken vertebrae in her back.
“It’s actually really great. I have to say this time means a lot more to me, because I’ve been out of tennis for a while,” Chaillo said. “It’s been a struggle with my back. It’s been really hard, especially mentally because I’m not the same player I used to be.”
Chaillo said she was forced to rely more on shot placement and controlling the pace of the game against Olivarez, a stronger player who hit with significantly more pace than Chaillo.
“My strategy was just to use my tools right now, because obviously I can’t run as well as I used to,” Chaillo said. “I just kind of had to play smart, use my mind more than my actual tennis right now.”
In the girls’ doubles final, Langley followed its AAA team championship with a doubles title from senior Kathryn Emery and freshman Sydney Goodson. The duo beat Cosby’s pair of Lauren Denuel and Jamie Cochrane, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
“We won team states, and winning it with Sydney is just unbelievable,” Emery said of her freshman partner, who earned the nickname “ninja Barbie” from her teammates because of her height and blonde hair.
In the boys’ singles final, Brett Moorhead of Cosby beat Lake Braddock’s Scott Huang, 6-7 (9-7), 6-3, 6-0. Huang and his doubles partner Alex Nesterovich fell in the doubles final to Deep Run’s Matt Waddell and Bharani Sankar, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9-1). . . .
In the Virginia A boys’ team tennis finals at Radford University, George Mason beat Glenvar, 5-0, to capture its third consecutive championship and its seventh team title since 2004.
Senior Karl Campanella-Dysart and junior Tommy Weber teamed up to win the Virginia A boys’ doubles final, 6-2, 6-2, over a team from J.I. Burton on Saturday afternoon, completing a three-event sweep for the Mustangs after senior Kan Tagami won the Virginia A boys’ singles final on Thursday.