WAKEFIELD — State champions are rare stars on the field. They only come around every once in a while and this year Wakefield High School girls tennis has another one.
Junior Susanne Boyden was the only player to make it into states this year from the Wolverine squad, and she made her trip worth it.
Defending her singles champion title, Boyden won the state championship after a series of difficult matches.
Her match against Supriya Narisetti of Cary was especially tough. She had to survive for 3 1/2 hours and she eventually won 6-2, 5-7 and 6-3.
Despite concerns whether she would have the energy to continue, Boyden toppled Peyton Pasavento of RJ Reynolds, 6-4 and 6-2.
“It was a super-difficult match but I have been training hard and really have been working on my fitness, which helped get me through the match,” Boyden said.
“I just took it one point at a time and focused on winning the match rather than focusing on how long I had been playing and how tired I was.”
Head coach Ken Stewart is pleased with how his team has performed this year.
With a record of 12-5, the Wolverines lost only to Broughton, Sanderson and East Chapel Hill, all of which are top five teams in the state, according to Stewart.
He is also looking forward to Boyden’s return in her senior year.
“Athletically she is gifted, but more importantly her court IQ and mental toughness are unrivaled,” Stewart said.