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Dobyns-Bennett girls capture Big 9 tennis title

Tanner Cook • May 2, 2018 at 1:27 AM

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

Led by the dynamic duo of Willa Rogers and Lainey Hill, the Tribe have put together a strong season.

“These girls just work so hard and it’s good to come back after a layoff and get a title,” D-B 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 freshmen, but they have been consistent. The future looks so bright and I am really looking forward to the next few years.”

Rogers and Hill beat 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 them to clinch early. Emily Cai iced the win with a straight-set victory over Torbett, exiting the court to cheers from her teammates and elation from their coach.

“I just drive the van and make sure we get to the places we need to be,” Wallingford said. “These girls have put in the work and I couldn’t be more proud.”

In boys action, Science Hill had its way with D-B, 9-0. The Hilltoppers clinched the Big 9 regular-season title last week.

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