That surely wasn't the case in Yang's semifinal match against No. 2-seeded Ivy-Rose Kramer of Bloomsburg.
By playing her game, all Yang needed to do was sit back and wait for Kramer to make mistakes. The Panther made plenty of unforced errors in a down-tempo match, and it resulted in a 6-3, 6-1 victory for the Ironman.
"We didn't play Ivy all season, so I just wasn't sure what to expect," said Baum. "I felt Linda played phenomenal and she did a great job (in the semis), and in the finals as well.
"Linda was very confident coming in. She's just so determined -- her mood was determination," added Baum. "Linda knows she can play well and she's played a lot of people. She has that confidence and she was able to execute so much in that first match. I just can't get over how well she did."
But determination and effort only goes so far when the level of play rises between the semis and finals.
Yang learned that the hard way.
"It's really a drastic change. I was playing a really slow game against Ivy, and I was just waiting for her to miss," Yang said. "While against Pam, I just had to play fast and I couldn't keep up. It was overwhelming."
In the day's other semifinal match, Niditch defeated No. 4-seeded Maria Morgan of Bucktail, 6-4, 6-1.