Bearcat Tennis team pulls out the claws at annual Brawl

Published 2:09 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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The Bearcats tennis team hosted their annual Bearcat Brawl Tennis Tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Bill Reynolds Tennis Center. Competing against Seminole County, Early County and TCC, the Bearcats came out on top, while the Lady Cats placed 2nd.

The Bearcats and Lady Cats hit the court at 5 p.m. on Friday night for their first matchup of the weekend against Seminole County.

The Lady Cats lost 4-1, with number two singles, Riley Palmer bringing in the only win.

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Palmer played against Ashlynn Thompson, winning 6-3, 6-4.

The Bearcats were able to pull out a narrow victory of 3-2 over the Indians.

Number two singles, Cullen Glover beat Jeb Burke 6-4, 6-0, before the number 1 and number 2 doubles teams pulled out a win.

Number one doubles Aidan Tabb and Joseph Marshall beat out William Fain and Will Waller 6-0,6-3.

Number two doubles team Skylar Jones and Gamble Tabb followed their lead, beating Seminole County’s Will Miller and Royce Robinson in close sets of 7-6, 7-6.

With one match down, the team then turned their focus to Early County.

The Lady Cats won 3-2, while the Cats lost 2-3.

Palmer took the role of number one singles against the Lady Bobcats, winning 6-2, 6-3 against Anna Belle Spooner.

Number two singles Rylan Bland then beat Ayla Grimes, 6-0, 6-1, before number three singles Lily Tomek sealed the win against Makayla Kegler 6-0, 6-1.

Bearcats number three singles, Brent Miller won 6-1, 6-4.

Aidan and Marshall went into a 3-set match, eventually pulling out a win 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 to finish out the night’s games.

The teams then returned early Saturday morning to face TCC in a non-region game.

Both the Lady Cats and Cats won 4-1, and 5-0 in a strong showing.

Bland beat Charlie Sadler in number one singles, 6-4, 6-0.

Palmer then beat Heali Patel in number two singles 6-1, 6-0. Finally, Tomek beat Claire Pope in number three singles, 6-2, 6-4.

Number one doubles Brooklyn Wade and Abigail Trammell played in a fierce three-set match, eventually winning 2-6, 7-5, 1-0.

With the Lady Cats finished, the Bearcats needed one last victory to tie for first place.

Number one singles Thomas Shockley pulled out a win over Keaton Stephens in three sets, 6-7, 6-4, 1-0.

Glover then won 6-3, 6-2 over Cable Willis before Miller beat Jaylen Duncan in number three singles 6-1, 6-1.

Aidan and Marshall beat number one doubles Josh Williamson and Caleb Kinneer in a tight three-set match, 1-6, 6-2, 1-0.

It all came down to number two doubles Calvin Miller and Jones, who won over Caden Willis and CJ Covington 7-6, 6-2.

With a forced three way tie between the Bearcats, Seminole County and Early County, it came down to lines won, and the Bearcats had the most lines won.

Head Coach Amy Thomas was proud of the overall showing.

“We knew going into the season we had a little bit of growing to do,” she said. “I was pleased with the girls and the effort they put in for the first match; I see a lot of potential.”

Thomas noted that there is room for improvement, but the team has shown an eagerness to learn and improve their skills.

The teams will now play the Miller County Pirates in a non-region match on Wednesday at home at 4 p.m.