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Junior tennis players preparing for state

THE BAINBRIDGE 18-year-old and under intermediate age group team is ready to compete in the State Junior Team Tennis Tournament Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 in Macon. From left, front; Xavier Bell, Kristen Monson and Kelly Brooks, back; Mitchell Massengill, Stone Inlow, Nolan Lovering and Meredith Conder. Team members not pictured are Anne Reynolds, Billy Grimsley and Hilary Flournoy.

Ten local high school student tennis players are preparing to compete in the Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 State Junior Team Tennis Tournament in Macon.

The Bainbridge team, competing in the 18-year-old and under intermediate age group and captained by Linda Monson, qualified for the tournament by finishing third in a 10 team Southwest Georgia Summer League.

In addition to Bainbridge, the league consisted of teams from Camilla, Moultrie, Valdosta, Thomasville and Douglas.

Eight members of the team play on the Bainbridge High School Lady Cats and Bearcats tennis teams. They are Kelly Brooks, Meredith Conder, Kristen Monson, Anne Reynolds, Xavier Bell, Stone Inlow, Nolan Lovering and Mitchell Massingill.

Also on the team are Billy Grimsley of Colquitt and Hillary Flournoy of Quincy.

The Bainbridge team will go head to head against teams from all over Georgia at the state tournament in Macon where they will have a chance to advance to the Southern Tournament if everything goes well.

Each team  match consists of five individual matches of girls and boys singles and girls and boys doubles and a mixed doubles match.