Baylor Girls Capture State Tennis Title

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

MURFREESBORO - Five years went by fast for the quartet of Baylor senior tennis players ending with yet another championship today at Spring Fling state tennis championship here at the Old Fort Park Tennis Complex.

 

The Caswell sisters – Samantha and Harper – McCall Morgan and Maggie Crumbliss have been the backbone, the foundation of the four straight state championships, winning the final one this morning with a 4-0 verdict against GPS.

 

Baylor won the important doubles point and then secured the first place trophy with singles wins by Samantha and Harper Caswell and Drew Haskins.

 

“It’s been an amazing five year run with these seniors and now we have a fresh start with some talented young players,” said Baylor girls head coach Dustin Kane.

 

“One advantage that our younger players have over the current seniors (when they were eighth graders), is that they have a model and a blue print to follow, including a strong work ethic and ability to win big matches over a long period of time.”

 

The four-year run includes four state titles, four Chattanooga Rotary crowns and three DecoTurf national tournament titles.

"We really needed to win the doubles point today as we did a couple of weeks ago, but Baylor was ready and did not give us an inch," said GPS coach Sue Bartlett.

"We are losing three seniors in our top six, but we have much to build on with a large eighth grade class."

 

Baylor tennis director Ned Caswell said, “Today’s match is the best I have seen them play all year. They are sad it’s over as they have been together since the sixth grade, but they also have lots of memories."

 

And the knowledge of being one of the state’s best girls teams in the last 50 years.

 

Baylor 4, GPS 0

doubles

Samantha Caswell-McCall Morgan (Bay) def. Michelle Fleenor-Jennis McBrayer, 8-2

Harper Caswell-Maggie Crumbliss (Bay) def. Maddox Bandy-Danielle Simms, 8-3

 

singles

Samantha Caswell (Bay) def, Michelle Fleenor, 6-0, 6-1

Harper Caswell (Bay) def. Jennis McBrayer 6-2, 6-1

Drew Hawkins (Bay) def. Analisa Statienko, 6-0 6-1

 

Baylor (13-1) GPS (12-5)

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net



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