Science Hill boys, D-B girls roll to tennis victories

Tanner Cook • Apr 9, 2019 at 9:33 PM

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Science Hill, first place was on the line in District 1 tennis between the traditional rivals Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill.

The Hilltopper boys were able to make quick work of the Indians, winning 9-0 and improving the overall record to 4-1 on the season.

“We’ve certainly had improvement all year and we’re trying to peak at the right time,” Science Hill coach Kelly Lane said. “I’m proud of every guy out there today and even the kids who weren’t playing and who kept the energy up.”

The ’Toppers got a good match of the No. 1 singles Griffen Nickels winning over Seth Thomas. Science Hill also got big wins in straight sets out of Grady Owen and Gaven Nickels.

The doubles matches were equally dominant for the ’Toppers, winning all of them.

The Dobyns-Bennett girls continue their strong start to the season, winning 8-1 over Science Hill.

Per usual, it was the Willa Rogers and Lainey Hill show, but Emily Cai and Sydney Berry also had good wins for the Tribe.

Emily Young was the only Lady ’Topper to pull out a win in No. 6 singles against Kendall Jackson, winning 6-3 and 6-0.

Allie Knox gave Hill a run for her money in No. 2 singles, losing a close match 7-5 and 6-4. The best match of the day on either side was Berry’s win over Shan Shan Liang in three sets that clinched the match for D-B.

“I think everyone played really well today,” D-B coach Sara Wallingford said. “Willa always comes out and has a strong game. I put a challenge to them earlier today before they took the court and when she came off to give me her scores, she said ‘6-0 and 6-0.’ I said, ‘OK. Challenge met.’

“Lainey battled really hard today. It was a tough match, but she came out on top. I am really proud of Sydney. That was a big win for her.”

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