The Lady Colonels, who were the region’s regular season champions, earned the tournament title and its No. 1 seeding with a 3-2 defeat of Dalton on Thursday.
Head coach Brooke McDurmon said claiming the title was exciting for her girls and came at the singles No. 2 line where Aleigh Beard won 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.
“It was a four-hour match,” McDurmon said. “It was a marathon match if you’ve ever seen one.”
The Lady Colonels also picked up their other points at the singles No. 1 line, where Ryleigh Lanham won 6-0, 6-1; and at the doubles No. 1 line, where Flower Nation and Morgan Mayton won 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Their losses came at the No. 3 singles line, where Jessica Frank was outpointed 2-6, 2-6, and No. 2 doubles line, where Callie Dodd and Hannah Howard were defeated 1-6, 1-6.
McDurmon said Nation and Mayton had to overcome a first set loss in a tiebreaker. “They had to get past that first set,” she said. “Then they played tennis like they normally play it.”
She said Lanham played up to her level. “She cruised through it, for sure.”
McDurmon said the losses were to tough opponents. “Callie and Hannah played a great match. Their opponents were really good.”
She also said Frank lost despite her effort. “She played her heart out for us.”
The coach said the region title is the first won by Cass in several years.
“We made it to state last year and a few years ago, but we had not won the region,” she recalled. “We came in yesterday after winning a state playoff spot and they got excited about making it. We decided we would win the region and they played hard and tough. They did what they needed to do. They played one point at a time.”
McDurmon said Cass will play Shaw in the first round at Cass High School.
“We don’t know the time and day yet,” the coach added.
Walker 3, Excel 0
The tennis season ended Thursday for Excel Christian Academy’s boys high school tennis team as it fell to Walker, 3-0.
At the No. 1 singles position, Cade Archer lost 6-4, 1-6, 1-6 while Sam Kirkland lost at the No. 2 singles slot, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6.
The Eagles also fell at the No. 2 doubles position where John Berry and Tyler Demersa were defeated 1-6, 1-6.
Excel was leading at the No. 3 singles when play was halted.
Mark Hibbard, head coach, said the boys won several matches but didn’t get the result they wanted.
“I told them the talent is there,” Hibbard said. “They have to work harder and stay focused.”
He said the Eagles need to use the offseason to work on their tennis skills.
“I feel like we should have won,” he added. “They have plenty of potential and a lot of talent. They have to work hard and they have to want to win.
“I think they’ll get there if they work at it.”