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
"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
Samantha Caswell-McCall Morgan (Bay)
def. Michelle Fleenor-Jennis McBrayer, 8-2
Harper Caswell-Maggie Crumbliss
(Bay) def. Maddox Bandy-Danielle Simms, 8-3
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)
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