When all the individual matches were completed, Briarfield edged out Bayou 5-4. Bayou fell to 3-2. Both of Bayou’s team loses have come to Briarfield.
“I am very happy with their results even though we lost by one point,” Colts head coach Milena Araujo said. “Our tennis team has been showing improvements everyday, and I am very proud of them. Last year, none of our players qualified for state, but I believe that this year some of our players have a great chance to qualify and maybe even win state. We will work hard to make it happen.”
In boys singles and doubles action, the Colts won three of their four matches. Two of those wins were three-set thrillers. In No. 2 boys singles, Bayou’s Tres Heinsz defeated Ben Lovell 6-4, 4-6 and 10-6, while Bayou’s Peyton Aldridge and Tucker Love defeated Street Buntyn and Jase Thorton in the No. 2 boys doubles match 6-1, 6-7 and 10-6.
“Our number two singles player (Tres Heinsz) and our number two doubles team (Peyton Aldridge and Tucker Love) both hold 4-0 records,” Araujo said. “They have been playing hard and showing improvements everyday.”
In No. 1 boys doubles action, Taylor Vaughn and Mitchell McNeer defeated Trace Brown and John Tanksley in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 to round out the boys victories for Bayou.
“Tyler Vaughn and Mitchell McNeer won a very important match today,” Araujo said. “They had lost against the same team a few weeks ago but today they didn’t give them a chance. Today’s victory will help with their confidence, and I believe they can go very far this year.”
In No. 1 boys singles, Bayou’s Trey Mullins and Briarfield’s Holt Martin battled in a three-set showdown of their own with Martin coming out on top 6-0, 4-6 and 10-6.
In girls action, Bayou’s Brittany Earls shined for the Colts as she blanked Addie Coody in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 girls match.
“She has improved a lot since last season,” Araujo said about Earls. “I believe she can make it to state this year.”
Briarfield’s Anne Walters and Megan Fortenberry defeated Jessica Tedford and Molly Bassie 6-1, 7-6 in No. 1 girls doubles action, while Briarfield’s Marron Frith and Taylor Howard blanked McKenzie Williamson and Lauren Lamb 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 2 girls doubles match. Briarfield’s Sade Thorton ended up getting a forfeit win in No. 2 girls singles action.
In the mixed doubles match, Briarfield’s Logan Fortenberry and Zoe Coody defeated Blaine Cooper and Riley Rogers 6-0, 6-2 in straight sets to help wrap up the victory for the Rebels.
Bayou’s next scheduled match will be against Deer Creek on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in Cleveland.