BHS tennis plays Early, Cook counties, preps for upcoming of region schedule

Published 2:25 pm Friday, March 13, 2020

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The Lady Cats and Bearcats tennis teams took on two opponents this week. They played Early County on Tuesday, where the Lady Cats made a full sweep and the Bearcats had a narrow loss, before playing Cook County away on Wednesday. Both teams brought home a win, proving they are ready for their region matchups.

During Tuesday’s home match against Early County, Lady Cats number one singles, Mikey Harrell took the court first. She beat Jaitlyn Weaver 6-1, 6-0, while number two singles, Gracie Surratt beat Kyndall Brownlee 6-2, 6-2. Number three singles, Rylan Bland then beat Davia Allen 6-1, 6-0.

With singles winning all their matches, doubles were determined to finish off the day with a sweep.

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Number one doubles team, Sarah Caroline Darley and Anna Marie Hall took to the courts and beat Anna Bell Spooner and Charlye Allen 6-3, 6-0. Number two doubles, Piper Harrell and Kenzie Thomas dominated the courts with a win against Ayla Grimes and Ella Floyd 6-3, 6-2.

The Bearcats then took to the court, where they eventually lost 1-4.

Number one singles, Robert Bryan Shockley took to the courts first, where he went into three sets, hoping for a victory. He came up short 3-6, 6-2, 5-7. Number two singles, Austin Aldridge also came up short 2-6, 2-6. However, number three singles, Cole Buchanan brought home a win for the team.

Buchanan also went into three sets, winning 1-6, 6-2, 7-5. Both doubles teams went on to lose 0-6, 0-6 and 1-6, 1-6.

Wednesday afternoon both teams were able to rally for a victory against Cook County.

The Bearcats won 3-2.

“The boys have been doing progressively better each match,” Co- coach, Xavier Bell said.

Shockley took to the courts first, losing in a tiebreaker third set 6-4, 1-6, 8-10. Aldridge also lost in a tiebreaker third set 2-6, 6-2, 9-11. However, the team did not lose hope.

Buchanan took the court and brought in the first win, 6-3, 6-2. Number one doubles, Brent Miller and Jack Burke brought in the second win, 7-6, 6-3.

Finally, number two doubles team, Aiden Tabb and Calvin Miller won 6-2, 6-3.

Bell was especially proud of Tabb and Miller’s win.

“Today was Aiden and Calvin’s first time playing together and they stepped up in a huge way,” he said.

The Lady Cats then took their places for the matchups.

Harrell won 6-2, 6-1 before Surratt beat her opponent, 6-1, 6-4.

Bland showed no mercy against Mariallen Boling with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Darley and Hall came up short in their match, giving Cook their first win in the girl’s division, 6-7, 5-7.

Harrell and Thomas brought in the final win of the day 6-1, 6-2.

Bell said he was extremely proud of the Lady Cats.

“They bring their best each match and prove they are the team to beat,” he said.

Bell thinks both of these games improved the teams’ skills tremendously and that the teams are peaking at just the right time, as region play began on Friday.