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Blakely, Stubbe headed to state

Doubles duo wins regional tournament in third set tiebreak

CeJay Blakely (left) and Deseree Stubbe (right) were all smiles Wednesday evening after clinching a doubles spot at state tennis with a regional championship. This is the second consecutive season Stubbe has made state.
CeJay Blakely (left) and Deseree Stubbe (right) were all smiles Wednesday evening after clinching a doubles spot at state tennis with a regional championship. This is the second consecutive season Stubbe has made state.

NORWALK – With a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win in the regional doubles final CeJay Blakely and Deseree Stubbe qualified for the state doubles tournament, advancing past Kuemper Catholic.

The duo completed the day 4-0 in their four matches and broke the Knights' serve to stay in the match down 6-5 in the third and final set.

Earning a third set tiebreaker, Stubbe and Blakely were tied at 4-points-all when Blakely punished a ball at net. Stubbe followed suit with a putaway volley to take a 6-4 lead.

After dropping the next point, a Knights unforced error into the net sealed Clarke's doubles duo slot as regional champions.

Editor's note: A full story can be found in the May 24th edition of the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune.

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