It didn’t take Cass tennis long to take advantage of their first home state tournament match in a while, as the Colonels waxed Arabia Mountain Monday, winning 5-0.
The win puts Cass into the Sweet 16, where they’ll likely face No. 1 seed Harris County early next week.
“At this level, and at this point of the season, any win is a good win,” Cass coach Kevin Cunningham said. “You never know how good or bad a team can be. ... We’re a little bit better than [Arabia Mountain], but I’ll take this win anytime.”
The Colonels, favorites in the 2 vs. 3 matchup, took any suspense out of Monday’s match early. Avery Cornett at No. 1 singles, Dalton Jackson at No. 2 singles, and Max McCauley and Kendall Arnold at No. 2 doubles all won their matches 6-0, 6-0 in just over an hour to send the Colonels through to the next round.
“We haven’t had a big win out of our doubles in a while, and for them to come out in a state playoff match and win as easily as they did, it’s a big deal for us,” Cunningham said. “Because we lean on our singles but it’s hard to sweep the singles, especially at this level.”
Reagan Barrere and Cade Foster at No. 1 doubles dropped the only games of the day for Cass, winning 6-0, 6-2, and Seth Colston put up another 6-0, 6-0 win when he finally got on the court at No. 3 singles.
The win continues a good run for the Colonels, who stormed through their region tournament before falling in the final to Carrollton to take the No. 2 seed.
Their likely next opponent, Harris County, is the No. 1 seed from Region 1-AAAAA and played Morrow on Monday.
Cass is hoping to make some noise in that match and continue its run, but the Colonels haven’t lost sight of the accomplishments they’ve already hit.
“It always feels good to host a state tournament match,” Cunningham said. “We haven’t gotten to do this in a long time and I’m happy that we got to do it today and we got a big win.”