Lady Cats second in state

Published 8:28 pm Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Bainbridge High School girls tennis team captured the title of runner-up in the state tournament in suburban Atlanta on Saturday, completing a dominating season.

The Lady Cats defeated their Final Four opponent, Starr’s Mill High School of Fayette County, by three matches to two on Saturday morning at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro, Ga.

Against Starr’s Mill, No. 2 singles player Kylie McGlincy won her match 6-1, 6-2, and the No. 1 doubles team of Caroline Rollins and Kristen Monson won their match 6-2, 6-3. But it was the strong play of sophomore Anne Reynolds, who outlasted her opponent 7-5, 7-6, which clinched the victory.

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Team parents described how a contingent of the Lady Cats’ family and friends rooted Reynolds on with the help of newfound fans like the Tift County girls’ tennis team, which competed in the AAAAA Final Four. After toughing out a long court battle, Reynolds gained a 6-3 advantage in the tiebreaker and was swarmed by her happy teammates after her opponent double-faulted her serve to end the match.

No. 1 singles player Katie Monson played her best and the No. 2 doubles team of Kelsey Lambert and Anna Wells lost a close-fought three-set match.

After taking only about an hour-long break, the Lady Cats were back out on the court to play for the state championship against defending champion Marist School of Atlanta, with BHS eventually falling by three matches to zero. Marist, a private preparatory academy, won its ninth state championship in girls’ tennis since 2000, and its 20th overall.

Out of 32 teams in the tournament, Bainbridge’s girls finished second and were the only school from outside the Atlanta area to make the Final Four. The Lady Cats were Region 1-AAAA champions for the third consecutive year and had an undefeated 12-0 regular season record. They also won the Bainbridge Rotary Club tournament featuring several South Georgia teams.