Wildcats fall to LAMP: Tennis now 5-3 on year, 2-0 in sectional playPublished 2:09pm Saturday, March 16, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Despite a 9-0 setback against Loveless Academic Magnet Program, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats boys tennis team still holds the inside track to its pre-season goal: winning sectionals.
The loss dropped BRHS to 5-3 on the year, but did not damage the 2-0 record that the Wildcats have in sectional play.
BRHS head tennis coach Wes Coleman said the team was very competitive throughout the afternoon meet with the Tigers.
“We played some really close matches,” Coleman said. “We had opportunities with our No. 1 singles and doubles matches but we couldn’t pull through. What it boiled down to was that LAMP was a better team overall. ”
Sans their latest outing, the ‘Cats had been playing well. They secured a top four finish during their recent home tournament.
The Wildcats dropped Chelsea High School before losing to eventual finalist James Clemens High School.
Clemens was defeated by Auburn High School in the finals.
“We had a lot of good teams come in,” Coleman said.
With four weeks left in the season, the Wildcats will look to their leaders to continue their strong play.
“Blake Grimes has done a really good job in taking over the No. 1 spot,” Coleman said. “Matthew Brown has played well, particularly in doubles. Austin Smith is doing well and Will Sewell is doing a good job of leading along with Blake.”
Trinity is next up for the Wildcats, as they continue to work toward a top-two finish in sectional play, which would give them a spot in the state tournament.
“We’re still working towardsthat goal,” Coleman said. “Our goal is to win sectionals and get to the state tournament. So far we’re meeting those goals. We’ve won our sectional meets 9-0 so we’re on our way, but we’re not there yet. If we continue to work hard in practice and play hard, we’ll be ready come sectional tourney time.”