The Bryan County High School boys tennis team traveled into Savannah’s Bacon Park on April 16 for the Region 3-A tournament and walked away with a ticket to the state playoffs.
The Redskin netters drew a tough opponent for their first match against the Hornets of Savannah Country Day.
The Hornets swept the Redskins in all five matches and sent Bryan County into their next match with not much momentum and things looking bleak.
In the Redskins’ second match, they took the court against another familiar foe, the Calvary Cavaliers, and regrouped as they held their composure to pull off wins in six of the seven sets they played to win the match. This win put them in third place in the Region and they now find themselves gearing up for the State tournament to be held this coming week in Bacon County as they match skills with the host team, Bacon County, which is the #2 seed in their region.
Highlights included the comeback play of David Cook, who plays the No. 1 slot in the singles for Bryan County. Cook won his match 6-4, 6-1. Redskin No. 2 player Cody Gunter took his match to all three sets before winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. The No. 1 double pairing of Michael Kennedy and Kenny Hagans won their match with wins of 6-4, 6-3.
"I am really proud of the way these young men hung in there after losing to SCD and then came back to battle their way for victory over Calvary, especially since it puts us the #3 seed in the Region and sends us to the State Tournament," Coach Karen Lynn said.
The Lady Skins tennis squad recently finished out their season as they finished fourth in the Region, but Coach Lynn said her time is just around the corner with the girls team as she has many young freshmen and sophomores back next year with more experience under their belts.
"I am very pleased with the progress my girls made this year," Lynn said. "They were a young team, but we gained some good experience and I look forward to having them back next year as they continue to improve."