Brookwood’s boys tennis team further furnished their 2014 trophy mantle with a runner-up finish in the GISA AAA Tournament on Monday at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon.
The Warriors ousted Weber (Atlanta) and Westfield (Perry) in the first two rounds, respectively, before falling 3-1 to Stratford (Macon) in the finals.
Brookwood’s No. 1 doubles team of Jud Jones and Garrett Elmore secured Brookwood’s lone win in the four-set match, which was called short once Stratford’s singles swept.
Yet the Warriors played nearly flawless to that point, piggybacking on their region championship last month with a pair of 3-0 victories in the first two rounds of the state tournament.
The Warriors ousted No. 2 Weber behind the singles play of Thomas Harrison, Morgan Dunaway and the tandem of Jones and Elmore.
Brookwood then took on Westfield in a surprising shakeup – the Hornets downed top-seeded Westminster in the quarter finals, which forced Warren to alter his gameplan as the team advanced.
“At first, it was initial shock,” the coach said of the Warriors’ mindset in lieu of the upset. “Then the guys had an air of confidence, thinking if that upset could happen, that they could do anything too.”
Warren and the team reviewed their match from March versus Westfield to draw notes from to gameplan. The Warriors dominated the Hornets 5-0 in that meeting, and parlayed the prior experience into another shutout win over Westfield in the tournament.
Then Stratford reared in the final round and swept the singles round just as Brookwood’s No. 1 doubles tandem notched a set win, thus eliminating Stratford’s shutout as was initially called.
Brookwood’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Hampton Flowers and J Anderson were leading 4-3 in the second set when the match was called.
“We were right on the cusp,” Warren said. “I know our finish let people know that Brookwood tennis is here to stay. We’re going to be a force to reckon with for a number of years to come.