Cass nets berths in playoffs
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Apr 18, 2013 | 523 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass High’s girls and boys tennis teams earned the right to play in the state playoffs by defeating Northwest Whitfield and LaFayette, respectively, Wednesday.

The two teams will determine their seeding in games they play today.

Chris Allen, Cass head coach, said both teams play Dalton with the winners advancing to play for the No. 1 or No. 2 seed and the losing squads playing for the No. 3 or No. 4 seeds.

Allen said the Lady Colonels defeated Northwest Whitfield, 3-2, in a tough outing that went to the last point of the last match of the day.

“It went back and forth,” Allen said. “Then we won in the third set.”

Cass got two of its points from its singles play.

At the No. 2 singles line, Aleigh Beard won 6-3, 6-7 (5-7 in tiebreaker) 6-2, and at the No. 3 singles line, Hannah Dunlap claimed a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Morgan Mayton and Flower Nation picked up a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the No. 2 doubles line.

The Colonels won two of their points in doubles play and one at the singles line.

Matt Moore won at the No. 1 singles by 6-0 6-0 margins. Joey Johnson had won one match 6-2 and was up 5-3 when the match was pulled.

In Line 1 doubles play, Kaleb McBrayer and Eric Dunlap claimed a 6-4, 6-1 victory while Brad DeLee and Jakob McBrayer breezed through their opposition 6-2, 6-0 at the Line 2 doubles line.

Jeremy Coone was up a set when his match at the No. 3 singles line was pulled.

Allen said both teams are pleased to be returning to the state playoffs.

He noted the boys last appeared at that level seven years ago while it’s been three years since the girls last made it.

“This is a testament to those who stuck it out and are able to see the payoff at the end,” he said.

Allen said Cass had to focus on process this year, understanding the goal was to get better during the season in order to be successful at the end.

“We’ve tried not to worry too much about individual matches but focused on our progress, just trying to play a little better today than yesterday.”