Bainbridge boys, girls tennis gets dominant win over Dothan

Published 3:47 pm Friday, February 21, 2020

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The Bearcat and Lady Cats tennis teams took on Dothan High on Tuesday, where they dominated 5-0, 4-1 in their second home match of the season.

Dothan High and Northview High merged together this year, head coach Amy Thomas said.

“Dothan is normally a strong program and so is Northview, so when they merged we knew it would be tough competition,” she said.

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However, the tough competition was no match for either team.

Lady Cats number one singles player, Mikey Harrell took on Lillen Byrd, where she won 6-1, 6-2.

“Mikey really stood out in her match,” Thomas said. “Her competitor was very seasoned, but she handled it like a pro.”

Thomas went on to say that filling the shoes of last year’s number one singles spot, Sydnee Burke, has been difficult but Harrell has handled it with ease.

Following Harrell’s win, number two singles player, Gracie Surratt beat Mattie Dodson 7-6, 6-3.

Finally, newcomer and number three singles player, Ryland Bland took to the court. Bland won her first set against Caroline Watford 6-1, but fell short in set two and eventually lost in set three 1-0.

However, Thomas was still very proud of Bland.

“She was playing a senior and sometimes experience just has an edge,” Thomas said. “She did great in her third set; it could’ve gone either way. They went tit for tat.”

Still ahead in singles, number one doubles team, Sarah Caroline Darley and Anna Marie Hall took to the court, where they played three sets for a win. They eventually won 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 against Gabby Cooks and Brandi Smith.

Number two doubles team, Kenzie Thomas and Piper Harrell sealed the win against Savannah Townsend and Savannah Nunez 6-1, 6-4.

With a win for the Lady Cats, the Bearcats went into their matches ready to dominate and they did.

“A 5-0 win at home is good anytime,” Thomas said. “Especially with all our new talent.”

Number one singles player, Robert Shockley took on Hudson Dubose and won 6-1, 7-6. Number two singles player, Austin Aldridge then took on Gunner Kelley, where he won 6-4, 6-1. Number three singles player, Hayden Martin then took on Adrian Lewis and won 6-3, 6-4.

“The singles did a great job and really kept up the momentum,” Thomas said.

The doubles ended the night on the court with a win.

Number one doubles team, Cole Buchanan and Lucas Reynolds played three sets and came out victorious 2-6, 6-4, 10-5. Number two doubles, Brent Miller and Jack Burke took on Sam Wright and Dawson Hanna and won 6-2, 7-6.

Thomas was pleased with everyone’s performance and said this match really shows what’s to come this season.