Call her tiebreaker Taylor.
Abby Taylor responded to pressure as well as she could have hoped Tuesday in Ozark’s Central Ozark Conference showdown with Republic.
Taylor pulled out a 9-8 (7-3) tiebreaker win at No. 2 singles against Jordyn Gianopulos to provide the final margin of victory in Ozark’s 5-4 triumph.
The teams were tied at 4-all as the No. 2 singles match entered its final stages.
Coach Greg Hannah’s bunch finished the COC regular season portion of its schedule 9-0. The loss was Republic’s first of the season.
Taylor also responded well in a tiebreaker in doubles play.
Ozark rallied from being down 2-0. Taylor and Macy Abernathy teamed for an 9-8 (7-3) win at No. 1 doubles against Gianopluos and Kaitlyn Snyder to keep Republic from a sweep of the doubles matches.
“I was nervous,” Taylor said. “We had a lot more weight on our shoulders to make up for the two losses, but I think that made us pull through.”
“We had a good lead and then they took over,” Abernathy added. “We decided to be aggressive and take it one point at time.”
Ozark (13-5 overall) also received singles wins from Anika Anderson, Taylor Cathcart and Paige Chrastina.