“This is very exciting and it really means a lot to me because it’s my first coming in as head coach,” Dobyns-Bennett coach Sara Wallingford said. “I’m so proud of these girls for the work they’ve put in and the way they played today. The upcoming matches are going to be very exciting in the next two weeks.”
The Lady Indians got off to a good start as the doubles team of Willa Rogers and Lainey Hill won the first match of the day over Macy Kennedy and Sydney Finchum, 8-0. Emily Cai and Sydney Berry got a big doubles win over Greeneville’s Sydni Lollar and Katie Leonard 9-7 to get the Tribe a 2-0 lead after the doubles matches.
From then on, it was all Lady Indians as none of the singles matches were ever in jeopardy of going three sets.
Rogers defeated Lollar in the first singles match and was welcomed off the court with a loud cheer from the coaches and onlooking parents saying “Roll Tribe!”
Every Lady Indian from Cai to Taylor Guske to Berry and finally ending with Hill was welcomed with the same cheer.
The rest of the Tribe swarmed Hill in jubilation after she closed out her match against Kennedy.
“It’s been a great experience this year and being part of my first regional championship,” said Hill. “A lot of my teammates have stepped up this year. We have a lot of freshman this year and we’ve played together so much and really bonded well as a team. We’ve played every day together and come together as a team, not playing for one another. We all have really big dreams and want to do well at the state level.”
In 2012, the Lady Indians took runner-up honors as a team at state and are a few steps away from getting to the highest level again. D-B will play in the sectional next week.