The Cass High School boys tennis team won twice Tuesday at the Region 7AAAAA Championship Tournament to reach the title match against host Carrollton Wednesday at Sunset Hills Country Club, but the Trojans were ready for the challenge in a 5-0 victory for the region crown.
"We would have liked to have produced a little better showing in the region championship, but Carrollton is a really good team," noted Cass head coach Kevin Cunningham following his team's loss. "Carrollton is one of two or three teams with a legitimate shot to win the state championship," added Cunningham. "Our day didn't go as planned, but we will work hard at practice and hopefully be ready to go once the state tournament begins. We will put this stumbling block behind us."
Cass singles: Avery Cornett lost at Line 1, 6-0, 6-0; Dalton Jackson fell at Line 2, 6-0, 6-2; and Seth Colston lost 6-1, 6-1 at Line 3.
Cass doubles: Cade Foster and Reagan Barrere were defeated 6-1, 6-0. Max MaCauley and Kendal Arnold lost 6-0, 6-1.
The Colonels will host their first round match in the Class AAAAA state tournament. Cass will play the No. 3 seed from Region 5AAAAA.
"We don't know our first round opponent yet," added Cunningham. "Hopefully we will get that information by noon Thursday."
WOODLAND GIRLS FALL TO ROME IN REGION 7AAAAA THIRD PLACE MATCH
Woodland’s Deanna Dodson won her Line 2 singles match Wednesday over her Rome High opponent to give the Lady Cats their only point in a 3-1 loss in the Region 7AAAAA Third Place match.
The 3-1 final, however, does not clearly explain how close Woodland came to knocking off the Lady Wolves.
Rome won both doubles lines to hold a 2-0 edge, but the Line 1 and Line 3 singles matches were in jeopardy for the Lady Wolves.
Woodland’s Line 1 singles player, Gloria Gore, was leading 7-6, 6-5 when the match ended and the Line 3 singles match was ultimately decided in a third set tie-breaker.
Ashlyn Walker lost her first set 6-4, but sent the match to a third set with a second set, 6-2 win. Walker and her opponent battled to a 6-all score in the final set with Rome winning the tie-breaker 7-5.
The Woodland girls will travel to the No. 1 seed from Region 5AAAAA to open the state playoffs.