Tonawanda News — “I think during the season they were focused on winning the title. They were focused on the team and they really wanted the title,” LeMar said. “They both worked hard to go undefeated, and in the NFL tournament they played well, and they had confidence in their abilities. When we went to sectionals I knew they had a good chance to be in the mix to go to the states, but they had to play three amazing matches to make it to states.
“In the second round they knocked out a team that went to states last year. Then they won a three and a half hour match in the finals — it wasn’t just the length that made the win impressive, but the level of play was outstanding. Sometimes in our league you just make another ball, but this was a much higher level.”
Ringler and Robins have made a habit of stepping up their games when the situation called for it, and they continued the trend at states. LeMar said he found the most fulfillment in how much the girls enjoyed their time playing this season. He said it couldn’t have happened to more hard-working and deserving tennis players.
“At the end of it they were so happy that it happened the way it did,” LeMar said. “They knew they were the first girls to make states from NT, and they’re friends so it meant a lot to them as teammates. It was a special thing, and this is my 23rd year coaching. … I was very happy for them.”Follow @tonanewssports and sports editor @MattParrino on Twitter for complete high school sports coverage.