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Brentwood stops D-B girls in state tennis semis

Jeff Birchfield • May 23, 2018 at 1:34 AM

MURFREESBORO — Stormy weather moved the Dobyns-Bennett girls team inside the Adams Tennis Center on Tuesday for their TSSAA Large School state semifinal matchup with Brentwood.

It didn’t make the Lady Bruins any more beatable.

The Lady Indians dropped a 4-0 decision to the two-time defending state champion Bruins.

Nevertheless, it was an experience D-B coach Sara Wallingford was happy to participate in with No. 1 player Willa Rogers still on the court with three-time state champion Somer Henry when the match ended. Rogers dropped the first set 6-3, and No. 2 player Lainey Hill lost 6-2, 6-0 to Georgia Fischer.

“Willa played Somer great,” Wallingford said. “Lainey Hill made her opponent work for every point. The level of tennis they played was incredible.”

Sidney Berry had her moments at No. 3 singles in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Hamsa Javagal, while No. 4 Emily Cai lost 6-0 in the first set but just 7-5 in the second set against the Lady Bruins’ Evelyn Calhoun. Chandni Bhat lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles, and the match didn’t go to doubles competition.

“Sidney Berry played amazing tennis and that was impressive, too,” Wallingford said. “If we’re playing that level as freshmen, the next three years look good for D-B tennis. But they did the best they could today.”

The Lady Indians closed the year with Big 7 Conference and Region 1-AAA titles and beat Knox Catholic in the sectional round.

“It was a special season,” Wallingford said. “To have four freshmen of our six players, they did really, really well and they made it undefeated to today.”

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