Rogers' Talbot Finishes as 2A State Runner-Up

COLLEGE STATION (April 30, 2012) -- Making her first appearance in the 2A tennis state championship match, Rogers' Jaycie Talbot couldn't match the experience of Franklin's Carrie Casey, falling in straight sets 1-6, 2-6.

Talbot reached the final after being eliminated in the semifinal round last year. Casey won doubles' state titles in 2011 and 2012.

"I'm pleased about how far I came, but I think I think I could have done better in getting here because I was the second coming in," Talbot said. "It's a very big opportunity and I'm just glad I made it this far."

Talbot took advantage of a slow start by Casey, winning three of the first four points to jump out to a 1-0 lead. But Casey responded quickly. She ran off six straight wins to take the first set , 1-6.

In the second set, things were tied 2-2 after each player broke serve through the first four games. But, once again, the experienced Casey pulled away, winning the final four games and the state championship.

"She definitely has a really good style of play and she's very aggressive, so it's hard to get over there and get to those," Talbot said.

Both girls are juniors, leaving the door open for a rematch at the 2014 state tournament.

"I think she [Jaycie] did great and I think now it leaves the door open for one more senior year," Rogers head coach Barrett Evan said. "You couldn't write a better movie script: a senior year, coming in, the girl's still here, let's go beat her one more time and get the gold this time.

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