It was only the opening set, but the win meant that and more to Omaha Duchesne freshman Katie Carlson in Friday's No. 1 singles final at the Class B state tournament.
"After that, I started getting my confidence going," Carlson said. "She (Omaha Skutt's Stephanie Kaiser) was doing great, and I was just trying to keep my composure."
After surviving 7-5 in the tiebreaker, Carlson rolled to a 7-6, 6-0 win against fellow freshman Kaiser, giving Duchesne its first state title at No. 1 singles since 1991 and snapping Omaha Skutt's four-year hold on the division.
Skutt, however, won a fifth straight team title with only Carlson's win preventing a clean sweep by the SkyHawks.
Senior Margaret Carmody was champion at No. 2 singles and Skutt picked up titles from the doubles teams of Alexis Kaiser and Emilee Johnson (No. 1) and Brooke McGregor and Lauren Camenzind (No. 2).
Kaiser and Johnson came from behind in the second set to defeat the Beatrice team of Daleigh Fossler and Shelby Lauritsen 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
Beatrice was fourth in the team race behind Skutt and runners-up Grand Island Central Catholic and Duchesne. Duchesne shared second after winning the final match of the tournament, Faith Pusic's 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 win against Megan McKeegan of Lincoln Pius X for third place at No. 2 singles.