Bainbridge tennis dukes it out against area opponents in weekend tournament

Published 3:54 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the Bearcats tennis team competed in the first Bearcat Brawl tennis tournament against Cook, Early and Miller county schools along with TCC.

The Lady Cats won in the female division, while the Early County Bobcats took home first for the male division.

The Lady Cats faced off against Cook County on Friday and won 4-1 in their matches. Number one singles,  Sydnee Burke beat her opponent 6-0, 6-2 and number two singles, Gracie Surratt beat her opponent 6-1, 6-3. Number three singles, Piper Harrell fell just short to Cook County’s, Carley Cornelius in a set of 6-2, 6-2. Both doubles teams, Bree Powell, Jade Stacey, Sarah Caroline Darley and Anna Marie Hall won their matches as well.

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The Bearcats played Early County on Friday, where they fell 2-3. Number three singles, Austin Aldridge gained a win in a 6-1, 6-2 match and number two doubles,

Ben Mitchell and Brent Miller won in a set of three 6-3, 1-6, 10-7.

Saturday, the Lady Cats completely shut out TCC, winning every match. Burke won 6-1, 6-1, Surratt won 6-1, 6-0 and number three singles, Mikey Harrell didn’t even allow her opponent to score a point, winning 6-0, 6-0. Powell and Stacey won 6-2, 6-3 and Darley and Kenzie Thomas won 6-4, 6-1.

The Bearcats played Cook, where they gained their first win of 4-1. Number one singles, Robert Bryan Shockley won 8-1 and Aldridge won 8-5. Number two singles, Cole Buchanan fell just short of a win 8-6. Both doubles teams, Lawson Humphrey, Brad Mitchell, Ben and Miller won 8-5, 8-2.

The Lady Cats then returned to the courts, where they shut out Miller County as well, with Burke and Harrell each giving up only one point the entire set.

The Bearcats followed their lead and shut out Miller on their end.

Humphrey and Brad Mitchell didn’t give up a single point and won 8-0.

The competition was a success for all involved and gave the teams great experience for matches to come.