GLENDALE - It was in the second set of Saturday's Division I girls singles championship match when Salpointe Catholic's Courtney Amos felt a familiar pain in her right knee. A few months ago she suffered a sprained meniscus and a strained patella, for which she wore a brace she had since stopped wearing.
Amos, the No. 2 seed, took the first set 7-5 but lost the second set to top-seeded Madison Clarke of Phoenix Xavier 3-6 partly because she couldn't get around the court as well. So she threw on her knee brace and took the third set with a convincing 6-0 win to take the title.
"I haven't had two hard matches in one day in a really long time," said Amos. "It was bad for my knee today so I put the brace back on and it worked out pretty well, apparently."
On the boys side, Lancer brothers Matt and Andrew Dunn won the Division I doubles championship by beating Phoenix Brophy's sixth-seeded team of Hudson Blake and Zach Cihlar 6-4, 6-4. Despite being the top seed and not dropping a set in their run through the playoffs, the Dunns played nervous throughout the championship match.
"Honestly, I'm kind of surprised that the match didn't go longer because we didn't play as well as we would have liked," Matt said. "But I'm happy we won and now we can start focusing on the team championship."
His brother agreed, but added that there was a special incentive to win.
"It's nice to be able to send Matt off with a win," he said. "I wanted to do all that I could to make sure that would happen."