KINGSPORT — It was a fitting end to a great day of tennis.
The Science Hill girls No. 3 doubles team of Jamison Reid and Madison Trent rallied late to beat D-B’s McKenzie Miller and Emily Smith 8-8 (7-4) in the last match of the night to give the Lady Hilltoppers a stunning 5-4 victory over the Lady Indians.
“Our kids learned today that every point counts,” said Science Hill coach D.C. Smith. “It was quite a battle out there tonight, on both sides, but that’s what we expected when we came over here.”
Earlier, the Science Hill boys remained undefeated with a 5-4 win over D-B.
The Hilltoppers’ double team of brothers Landon and Cameron Martin clinched the win with an 8-4 victory over D-B’s Jackson Tonnies and Sam Norris. That gave Science Hill (8-0) a 5-3 advantage and made the last doubles match a moot point.
The girls match had the makings of a tight battle from the outset.
D-B’s No. 1 Josie Rogers cruised past Science Hill’s Katie Deal 6-2, 6-0. The Lady Hilltoppers neutralized that point with a 6-2, 6-2 win by Hope Forbush over Evelyn Rogers.
The Lady Indians won at No. 3 and 4 singles while Reid and Trent both won their singles matches to tie the affair at 3-all going into the doubles.
Deal and Forbush dealt D-B a major setback by capturing the No. 1 doubles over Rogers and Rogers, 8-6.
D-B’s Sarah Testerman and Katie Heidt evened the match at 4-4 win a win over Leah Eddy and Avery Linton, 8-5.
Then it all came down to the final doubles match on the courts.
“I learned when we were warming up that our match would be the difference,” said Reid. “I couldn’t have been more nervous.”
As all the spectators gathered behind the court, the two doubles teams began to grind.
Every point was hotly contested with the Science Hill duo holding the upper hand for much of the match.
Then D-B’s Miller and Smith went on a mini-roll and took an 8-7 lead. But Reid and Trent roared back to tie it at 8-all, sending the match to a tie-breaker.
“At that point I was just hoping I could get my serves in,” joked Reid. “But we pulled it out and now we have the advantage because they have to come to our place to play the next time.”
D-B coach Ron Frankowski was disappointed overall but proud of his No. 3 girls doubles team.
“They played so hard,” said Frankowski. “It was a pressure situation for them and they did great. I’m proud of them.
“As a team, both boys and girls, we learned today that we have to compete. Some of them didn’t compete today and that disappoints me.”