Mary Faulk put together her most complete match of the spring Friday. The Millard North senior hopes to carry that over to the next two weeks.
Faulk rolled to an 8-2 win over Omaha Marian's Elsa Jurrens to win the No. 1 singles title at the Millard North Invitational.
Faulk settled in after Jurrens held her serve to start the match and won the first two points of the next game.
"I kept my cool because I was down 0-1, love-30, and I just stayed relaxed," Faulk said. "I know I have the strokes and the mindset, I just have to use it."
Faulk won five games in a row, hitting a backhand winner up the line for a 5-1 lead. She hit a forehand winner on match point.
The win comes after Faulk took her only loss this spring, 8-6 to Lincoln Pius X's Clare Plachy last Saturday. Faulk wants to use that loss to her advantage.
"It did kind of refocus me," Faulk said. "Before I hadn't had a ton to work on because I hadn't lost. I know what I have to do."
Faulk likes where her game is as she prepares for the Metro Conference tournament, which will take place Wednesday and Thursday, and the Class A state meet, set for May 20-21.
"I think if I just play my game, I'll be fine," she said.
Millard North and Marian will be two of the top team contenders at the Metro meet. Marian, which won both doubles Friday, edged the Mustangs 56-55 in Friday's team standings.
Team scores: Omaha Marian 56, Millard North 55, Lincoln Southwest 51, Papillion-La Vista 36, Millard West 31, Omaha Westside 29, Papio South 20, Millard South 19, Bellevue West 18, Omaha Burke 15.
Top four individuals: No. 1 singles: 1, Mary Faulk, MN, def. Elsa Jurrens, OM, 8-2. 3, Natalie Thompson, LSW, def. Anna Schmillen, OW, 8-3. No. 2 singles: 1, Lainie Fanton, LSW, def. Riya Kannapareddy, MN, 8-6. 3, Ellen Crotzer, OM, def. Afirah Pedalino, PL, 8-6. No. 1 doubles: 1, Cecilia Regan-Sydney Schroeder, OM, def. Eunice Cho-Zoey Norris, MN, 8-3. 3, Grace Bartolome-Ella Dean, LSW, def. Sofia Hurst-Mikayla Jarecki, PL, 8-1. No. 2 doubles: 1, Lauren Mendlick-Ava Schroeder, OM, def. Meg Hove-Ella Ford, LSW, 8-4. 3, Anna Pipinos-Ria Boob, MN, def. Nicole Helmberger-Natalia Vazquez, PL, 8-3.