The outcome of the Noblesville-Hamilton Southeastern match in the opening round of the Noblesville Girls’ Tennis sectional had long been decided Wednesday at the Noblesville High School tennis courts.

The Royals had taken the first four matches – all straight sets – and had punched a ticket to today’s championship round.

But the Noblesville No. 2 doubles team of Alex Greer and Kaylee David was determined to not allow the Royals a 5-0 shutout, as they rallied past Nicole Hate and Jillian Pence 4-6, 6-4, 13-11.

After dropping the first set, Greer and David won the second, forcing a superset in the third and deciding set. The first team to 10 wins the set, but it must win by at least two points.

Greer and David trailed 7-2 and 9-3 before rallying for the 13-11 deciding set and making the official score 4-1 in favor of the Royals.

“All the credit goes to those two,” Noblesville coach Tim Samons said. “They are tough kids that really came on strong at the end of the season, going 4-1 in their last five matches.

“They didn’t get a chance to play together in the winter, and they struggled early,” Samons said of Greer, a junior, and David, a freshman. “But they’ve worked really hard to get where they finished the season. And, today they competed for every point and accomplished what we try to instill in every player here – that the match is not over until the final point, and those girls displayed that out there.”

Hamilton Southeastern got its three points and team victory early, by dominating singles play. They Royals dropped just one game in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches. Notching victories for Southeastern were Audrey Dewitt, Ashley Spirrison and Tea Vrkic.

“I thought the doubles matches had the potential to be tight, so I did have a sigh of relief when we got those three points in singles to secure the match,” Hamilton Southeastern coach Kirk Webber said. “Our singles players came out with fire, and we were able to get the three points early. Noblesville has shown a lot of improvement from last year and throughout this year, so we knew it was important to put them away.”

Southeastern’s No. 1 doubles team of Jeorgia Templin and Taylor Cleary won their match 6-4, 6-1.

Noblesville finished its season with a 7-5 dual record. Hamilton Southeastern will play Fishers this afternoon. The Tigers advanced with a 5-0 victory over Hamilton Heights, and the Royals defeated the Tigers 5-0 during the regular season.