Bainbridge tennis teams competed for their shot at a region title

Published 6:26 pm Friday, April 14, 2017

Bill Reynolds Tennis Complex was buzzing on Thursday with all four teams from Region 1-AAAAA competing for the region title. Bainbridge mens and womens teams were up against stiff competition from round one, but they competed well.

The mens team moved past their round one opponent Veterans 3-0 to meet Harris County in the region finals.

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Against Veterans, the boys were unstoppable. Mark Loeffler won number one singles 6-3, 6-0. The number one doubles pair of Hudson Barber and Matthew Walker won their match 6-4, 6-2. The number two singles pairing of Lawson Humphrey and Jacob Reynolds won their match 6-0, 6-1.

After jumping out and winning three out of five matches, Bainbridge was awarded the victory. Before the tournament, it was agreed upon that once three wins were reached, the final matches would be pulled.

Bainbridge advanced to play Harris County in the final round of the tournament, but fell after the three singles matches were lost.

Although the boys did not win region, a second place finish earned them the right to host for the first round of the playoffs. The boys face Whitewater at Bainbridge High School on Wednesday, April 19.

“We played very well the first match,” said head coach Amy Thomas. “Then they got overpowered by some experienced tennis players in the second match. We fell short of the championship, but I was very pleased with the results there.”

The womens team did not have as much success as the boys did in the first round, losing to Veterans 3-2. They went on to play Harris County in the third place match, where they won 3-0.

In the first round, Bainbridge and Veterans were both sitting at two wins, looking to claim the third victory to clinch their advance when Jade Stacey’s number two singles match went into an extra set. Stacey eventually dropped the match 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 after three hours of tennis. Sydney Burke won her number one singles match 6-1, 6-1, and the number one doubles pairing of Brianna Mills and Bree Powell won their match 7-5, 6-0.

The girls won their third place match with ease, picking up three wins against Harris County.

Sydnee Burke won number one singles 6-4, 6-2. Gracie Suratt won number three singles 6-0, 6-0, and the number one doubles pairing of Mills and Powell won their match 6-0, 6-2.

The third place finish causes the girls to travel to MacIntosh High School for the first round of the playoffs.

“We were disappointed to not make it to the championship round,” said Thomas. “Disappointed in the result, not in our effort.”