Hilltoppers fall short of state in tennis

Douglas Fritz • May 17, 2018 at 9:43 PM

Science Hill’s run toward the state team tennis tournament fell one match short as Bearden earned 4-1 decision in the Class AAA quarterfinals Thursday in Knoxville.

Freshman Griffin Nickels earned a 6-1, 6-3 decision at No. 1 singles over Josh Duzan, but that was the only point the Hilltoppers could muster.

“I thought Bearden played a fantastic match all the way down the lineup,” said Science Hill head coach Kelly Lane.

Nickels was the bright spot for Science Hill.

“He played fantastic,” said Lane. “It was some of the best tennis he has played all year.”

Bearden’s Grayson Marlow beat Chris Morton, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. James Eaves beat Science Hill’s Isaac Johnson by the same count at No. 3. At No. 4, Daniel Labrador beat Jacob Johnson, 6-2, 7-5.

Capping things off, Jacob Pearson beat Will Dyer, 6-3, 6-3.

Still, it was quite a season for the Hilltoppers. Lane gave credit to his assistant coaches, Ricky Pelton and Travis Bauguess, for helping the team get this far.

“Without them, we’re not where we were today,” he said. “And I have to mention my wife. She was my support system. There were a lot of long days, from 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. It was incredible support, allowing me to do something I love.”

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