The Lady Colonels earned a point at the singles line but took two losses at their singles lines and one at a doubles line.
Head coach Brooke McDurmon said her team was challenged by Chamblee and tried to meet it.
“[Chamblee was] tough today. They came out ready to play and really played hard and put our girls to the test,” she said.
Aleigh Beard earned a point for Cass at the No. 2 singles line while Jessica Frank fell at the No. 3 singles line and Ryleigh Lanham was defeated at the other singles line. The Lady Colonels also lost at the No. 1 doubles line, where they were represented by Morgan Mayton and Flower Nation.
McDurmon said Lanham faced particularly strong competition at her No. 1 singles line, where she battled Gabby Robinson.
“[Robinson] is definitely a good player,” the coach said. “I think she is ranked in the top 50 and it showed. She played really well. She plays year-round and she’s got a good, solid game.”
She also liked Beard’s performance even though she had already won the point.
“She won by default because the girl she was playing was sick, but Aleigh went out and played her game and was up,” McDurmon said. “I feel like if that match had played out as scheduled, she would have been fine and would have come out on top.”
McDurmon said Frank also showed her toughness even if she didn’t get the result the team wanted.
“She lost 6-1 in the first match but she played hard and got back in the match,” the Cass coach said. “She lost at the end on a tough point with a disagreement on a score. She didn’t go down without a fight.”
The Lady Colonel fell 6-3 in the second set.
The coach said reaching the Sweet 16 was an accomplishment, although her players had wanted to advance further.
“We went in with a goal to get to state,” McDurmon said. “We made it past the first round with home matches. That was huge for us. I think this is the first time we’ve hosted a state match in several years. Our girls were excited about that.
“That was our goal. We got there. Next year we’re bringing back all but one player. I expect us to do the same if not better next year. We’re going to play in the offseason and just get stronger and hope we have all the same girls come back and add one more player to round out our team.”
Cass is represented by Lanhan, a freshman, at singles line 1.
There are two juniors at the line two and three singles lines. The line one doubles players are juniors. Cass has a sophomore — Callie Dodd — playing at the No. 2 doubles positions. Hannah Howard, who plays the other No. 2 doubles position, is a senior.
“Our sophomore will be back,” McDurmon said. “She’s going to be looking for a good partner, and we’ll be looking to put in whoever’s stepping up.”