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D-B wins Big 9 girls tennis title

Tanner Cook • May 1, 2018 at 10:24 PM

KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett girls tennis team won the Big 9 Conference reglar season championship on Tuesday night, defeating rival Science Hill 5-4.

The Tribe has had a strong season led by the dynamic duo of Willa Rogers and Lainey Hill.

"These girls just work so hard and it's good to come back after a layoff and get a title," Tribe head coach Sara Wallingford said. "I'm just thankful to be a part of this team. I love Lady Indian tennis and I think we have a good chance at doing well in the postseason. Bearden and Brentwood are good, but I think we have some good depth.

"We're also pretty young. We have a bunch of freshman, but they have been consistent. The future looks so bright and I am really looking forward to the next few years."

Rogers and Hill tag-teamed to defeat Science Hill's Kara Lucchesi and Allie Torbett in the first doubles match of the day, 8-2.

The first four matches went to the Lady Indians, enabling the Tribe to clinch early.

Emily Cai put the Lady Hilltoppers away with a victory over Torbett in straight sets.

She was greeted at the fence by her teammates and Wallingford was elated to know that the Tribe was back on top.

The Science Hill boys team had their way with the Indians as they won, 9-0. The Hilltoppers had already clinched the boys regular season title last week. 

"I just drive the van and make sure we get to the places we need to be," she said. "These girls have put in the work and I couldn't be more proud."

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