Prep tennis | Out-of-Door Academy's Maria Ross, MaryAnn Rompf sweep Class 1A state titles

twolfrum@bradenton.comApril 19, 2014 

Out-of-Door Academy's Maria Ross, shown during a previous tournament, won the Class 1A overall singles championship and teamed with MaryAnn Rompf to win the overall doubles title Friday in Casselberry. HERALD FILE PHOTO


Out-of-Door Academy freshman MaryAnn Rompf won her second state doubles title in as many days Friday with classmate Maria Ross.

But Ross is still not Rompf's favorite, nor most accomplished, doubles partner.

That honor belongs to Rompf's mother, former WTA pro Mary Norwood Rompf. The Rompfs won the USTA National Mother-Daughter Championships in August, and Norwood Rompf is one of MaryAnn's coaches.

But after winning a state individual doubles crown and a state overall championship back to back, Rompf and Ross can see a future together.

"I feel like we've gotten a lot closer during the tournament," Rompf said.

Ross and Rompf outlasted Ransom Everglades' Allegra Hanlon and Daniela Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 to claim the Class 1A overall title at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry.

Rompf grew up in Newport, R.I., and moved to Florida full time in August. She said she groomed her doubles game playing against boys because high-quality female competition was in short supply.

"She was astonishing," ODA head coach Noel Dougherty said. "There were crowds of people around the courts commenting on her doubles ability. She's really a leader out there."

Ross, who turned 15 on Friday, celebrated with an overall state singles title to go along with the individual singles title she won Thursday. She defeated Hanlon, a senior who is headed to Cornell, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7.

After Ross dropped the first set, an hourlong rain delay allowed her to regroup and plot strategy.

"Just to have the rest was helpful," she said. "I played more aggressively and went to the net."

The players agreed to play a 10-point super tiebreaker in lieu of a full third set because of the earlier rain delay and the threat of more bad weather. The first player or team to score 10 points and lead by two was declared the winner.

Ross's overall singles title is the first for ODA since Caroline Dailey won in 2010 and 2011. Dailey also won the individual singles championship in 2009.

"This is exceptional. We've never brought home the overall singles and doubles titles in the same year. The girls should be very proud," Dougherty said.

Ross, an accomplished player on the junior circuit, said there was something different about winning a state championship.

"I got to do it for my school," she said. "I liked representing my school and doing it for them."

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