The Bryan County High School tennis program was in full swing this past week as they had matches against three teams.
On Monday, March 24, the Redskins marched onto the courts of Southeast Bulloch High to take on the Yellow Jackets, who are one of the top rated tennis teams in the area. Living up to their reputation, the Yellow Jackets swatted their way to victory in all five of the matches to shutout Bryan County.
The Redskin netters showed some tenacity the very next day as they played host to Liberty County and produced a shutout of their own as the boys of Bryan County won all five of their matches. The Lady Skins almost pulled off a shutout of their own, but settled for four victories out of five.
"A shutout is always good and I am pleased with the team effort I saw today from our players, both boys and girls," Coach Karen Lynn said. "We tried some new doubles pairings today with the girls and it worked out rather well for us."
Thursday, March 27 saw the courts at BCHS filled again as another familiar region foe, the Calvary Cavaliers, made their way through the tennis gates to take on the Redskins.
David Cook, the No. 1 singles player, made quick work of his opponent and took the first two sets of the best of three sets with wins of 6-3 and 6-0. The No. 1 doubles duo of Jeremy Ennis and Michael Kennedy followed in Cook’s shoes and swept their match with 6-4 and 6-3 wins.
The Lady Skins had some wins of their own as the No. 2 doubles pairing of Jamie Lape and Chelsea Gallo shined as they smothered their opponents with wins of 6-2 and 6-0.
"Jamie and Chelsea are both freshmen, so I hope to have them around for three more years," Lynn said. "They put in a good effort today that I gave us something to build on for the future.
‘Future’ is certainly a key word for the team this year as they are in a rebuilding stage. After making it to state last year, they are currently down to merely two seniors and a new coach to boot. Rounding out the team of 20 are uture surely should look bright for BCHS tennis as from their squad of 20 are nine freshmen, one sophomore and eight juniors.
Next up is Jenkins County on April 3 and then the region tournament April 16 at a site yet to be determined.