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Carroll doubles team falls in state finals

INDIANAPOLIS – Things quickly changed for the worse for Carroll’s No. 1 doubles team of senior Makenzie Schoeff and junior Taylor Stanchin at the state championship.

The Chargers’ duo took the opening set of the finals against Carmel’s Molly Fletchall and Emma Love, but the lead was short-lived in a 1-6, 6-1, 6-0 loss Saturday at Park Tudor.

“We knew Carmel was going to be tough,” Stanchin said. “We had to step up our game, and they just came out as the better team.

“They didn’t make as many unforced errors as we did (in the final two sets). They just stepped it up.”

Winning the first game of the second set seemed to set things in motion for the pair from Carmel (23-0).

“If we could have taken that first game in the second set, I think we have a different outcome,” Carroll coach Kyle Stoffel said. “And then (Fletchall and Love) went from really, really tight to now we feel like we are playing our normal tennis. They got a lot more aggressive after that.”

Stoffel said Fletchall and Love seemed to adjust to the unorthodox style of Schoeff and Stanchin, who were in their first season as a doubles team.

“It was a great way to end my senior year,” Schoeff said. “There’s nothing like playing in the state championships.

“It was the best we played together all year (in the postseason). It was good, except the ending.”

Schoeff and Stanchin (29-3) beat Jasper’s Elisabeth Ahlbrand and Brooke Lueken 6-3, 6-3 in Saturday’s semifinals to reach the state championship.

“At this point, everybody knows how to play tennis, and it really becomes 50 percent managing your emotions,” Stoffel said. “(Fletchall and Love) did such a good job of that.”

Schoeff and Stanchin joined Bishop Dwenger’s Audrey Rang and Elizabeth Maxson (2012) as state runners-up from northeast Indiana.

“It was intense,” Stanchin said. “I am glad we got down here. It would have been good to win, but I still get my picture up on the wall at Carroll.

Fletchall and Love beat Brebeuf’s Shivali Rao and MacKenzie Lord 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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