Mariana Gould of Boise, along with Kimberly Yee of Las Vegas, won the girls 16 doubles title at the USTA National Championships in San Diego on Saturday.
The No. 2-seeded Gould and Yee defeated ninth-seeded Gabrielle Smith of Henderson, Nev., and Olivia Sneed of Prairie Village, Kan., 6-2; 3-6; 7-6(2) in the final.
Down 5-1 in the third set, the duo survived a match point when the other team double faulted, and they hung on for the win.
We got that game and then we just kept rolling, Gould said. In the tiebreaker we just took over. It was one of the more exciting finals Ive ever been in.
It was the second straight national doubles title for Gould, who also won the event last year with Spencer Liang.
I really wanted to get the repeat, and it was my last 16s tournament, so I wanted to go out on a good note, Gould said.
Gould also played in the girls 16 singles competition, but was defeated by Yee 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Yee went on to claim the singles championship.
Gould currently attends Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.