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Auburn celebrates four-peat in Class 1 girls tennis final

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BLACKSBURG — Auburn cruised to a fourth straight Class 1 title on Thursday with a 5-0 win over Rappahannock at Virginia Tech’s Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

The Eagles battled through some early season struggles, but with a healthy lineup intact had no trouble building onto a dynasty that dates back to the 2018 season.

All four of the titles have come at Rappahannock’s expense.

“I’m so proud of these young ladies, they are a class act,” Auburn coach Paul de Gastyne said. “They faced adversity, but they just got more mentally tough each time out.”

Auburn played long stretches of the season without No. 1 seed Anna McGuire (nose) and No. 2 seed Sara Albert (wrist).

“This season has been a lot rougher than most,” McGuire said. “At one point I think four or five different girls played the No. 1 this year. We’ve worked really hard to get here.”

McGuire won her match 6-2, 6-3 over Rappahannock’s Virginia Trible.

Trible took a 2-1 lead in the second set behind her hard-hitting serve, but it didn’t take McGuire long to regain control.

“Anna McGuire is an incredible player,” de Gastyne said of the decorated multi-sport athlete.

The victory helped McGuire close out her high school athletics career with a seventh ring (three in volleyball, three team titles in tennis and a doubles title).

“I’m definitely lucky to have these opportunities,” McGuire said.

This was the first title for de Gastyne as head coach, but the coaching staff has been the same for the team’s entire run. De Gastyne was the assistant coach under Conrad Nester in recent years, but the two swapped roles going into this season.

Singles

No. 1 Anna McGuire (A) d. Virginia Trible (R), 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 Sara Albert (A) d. Kaylee Childs (R), 6-3, 6-3

No. 3 Allyson Martin (A) d. Laura Passagaluppi (R), 6-2, 6-0

No. 4 Ashley Parsons (A) d. Sadie Packett (R), 6-3, 6-3

No. 6 Rae-Anna Weeks (A) d. Kiersten Saison (R), 7-6 (5), 6-4

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