The Morgan County girls’ tennis squad was looking to make it back-to-back Region Championships like we’ve already seen in baseball and boys’ soccer this spring. Instead they walked away with one of the toughest losses you’ll ever watch and the Runner-up trophy in hand.
With the match at 2-2, it all came down to the final number one doubles match with Mariella Plumley and Caroline Rittenhouse the only remaining players on the court against a strong East Jackson team. The girls lost the first set 6-3 and then put on an outstanding rally in the second set. With things knotted at 5-5, East Jackson scored the next two points to end it. Game, set, match. It was heartbreaking for everyone, but especially them. You can’t say enough about how solid and steady this duo has been all season. They played their guts out in this one and surely shouldn’t put the blame on themselves. The team lost two other matches before that. Coach Stacy Dearing said, “It was heartbreaking for the girls. They played tough under some tremendous pressure. I am proud of them and am honored to coach them. They truly care for each other.”
Winners for Morgan were Avery Kirby at number one singles and Madison Gasque at number two singles. Kirby breezed through her match 6-3, 6-o as did Gasque winning her match 6-3, 6-2.
All is not lost. The girls, with the number two seed coming out of Region 8-AAA, will move on to the State Playoffs with home court advantage in the first round. They will play the number three seed out of Region 7-AAA Lumpkin County. The match is scheduled for Thursday, April 19.