Canes capture region title, Lady Canes runner-up

Emily Bush won 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday but the Lady Canes fell to Calhoun in the Region 7-AAAAA championship match at Dellinger Park

The Cartersville boys defeated Blessed Trinity 3-2 Wednesday at Dellinger Park to win the 2021 Region 7-AAAAA championship tournament. The victory by the 2nd-seeded Canes avenged a regular season loss to top-seeded Titans.

In an extremely close contest, all three Purple Hurricanes wins were in three-set matches.

Luke Gambill and Jackson Cline, playing Line 2 and Line 3 singles respectively, won three set contests each. Gambill won 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) and Cline won 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (7-2).

The third Canes' win came at Line 1 doubles. Nate McDonald and Robert Novak lost their opening set 6-4 before flipping the match with 7-5 and 6-3 wins in the final two sets.

The Lady Canes finished as region runner-up following a 3-1 loss to top-seeded Calhoun.

Emily Bush won at Line 1 singles, 6-1 and 6-1 for the only Cartersville win. The Lady Canes' Line 1 doubles team of Mia Shaw and Alice Terry led 6-2, 4-2 when Calhoun secured the team win and pulled its Line 1 doubles tandem.

The Cass girls fell to Blessed Trinity 3-1 in the region's third place match.

Emily Surcey secured the only Lady Colonels win at Line 1 singles. Christina Surcey was well ahead in her Line 2 singles match when the Lady Titans clinched the team win.

Both Cartersville teams and the Cass girls have qualified for the Class AAAAA state tournament.

The Cartersville boys will host Jackson-Atlanta in the opening round while the Lady Canes will entertain Villa Rica. First round matches are to be completed by Tuesday, April 20. The Cass girls must hit the road for their opening round match. The Lady Colonels will travel to Grady in Atlanta.

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