Bow's Swett wins state girls' individual tennis title; Horiuchi wins boys' crown
Bow's Sunday Swett follows a backhand shot in her match against Londonderry's Cassie Burbine during the singles tournament at Derryfield School in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
It came in an unorthodox fashion, but Swett, a Bow High School senior, won her first state individual tennis championship on Tuesday on the courts at the Derryfield School.
Leonard left the court and never returned and Swett won the match, 6-4, retired, and the championship she had been chasing for four years.
Swett was sitting alone in a chair next to the net when she got the word and let out a cheer.
"Absolutely not," she said. "It's still the same medal. It was her choice. I'm not going to let it dampen my happiness."
Swett lost in the tournament semifinals as a freshman but had not made it that far again until this year.
Leonard beat Jennifer Dai, her senior teammate from Bishop Guertin, in the other semifinal, also 6-1, 6-4, to set up the championship.
The players took their customary break after the set ended. Leonard left the court and never returned.
She had also been docked a point before the match began because they were late in getting to the court. In addition, her father, Tim, had been told to leave the premises after discussing the sanction with officials.
She received medical treatment on the court and the math continued.
"It's just unfortunate the way it ended," said Rainville. "They're both extremely talented tennis players. I wish it could have gone the extra set. I think the result would have been the same. Sunday was the better player out there today."
Hanover freshman Kotaro Horiuchi outlasted big-hitting Bedford senior McKinley Grimes to win the boys' championship 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 in a match that started at Derryfield and wrapped up next door under the lights on the Southern New Hampshire University courts.
Grimes had a long day. He also went the three-set distance in his semifinal against Londonderry senior Harrison Max, winning, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
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