Molly Bellia wins IHSAA tennis singles title, Evansville pair win doubles

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South Bend St. Joseph tennis player Molly Bellia hits a backhand Saturday, June 5, 2021, during the IHSAA tennis state finals in Indianapolis

Lauren Long walked onto the court at North Central High School to face South Bend St. Joseph’s Molly Bellia in the IHSAA girls tennis individual singles state championship on Saturday. The Park Tudor junior only lost once during the regular season — coincidentally to Bellia. On a hot June afternoon, Long pushed herself to the limit, but it was not enough to bring home a state title as Bellia defeated Long 6-4, 6-3.

It was a grueling match with temperatures into the 90s. Both Long and Bellia looked exhausted but pressed on. They trained and worked all year to get to state with Long especially training to work on her weaknesses from the first meeting against Bellia.

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