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April 23, 2014

Brookwood tennis teams finish top two in region

THOMASVILLE —

Brookwood brought home some hardware last weekend.

The Warriors boys and girls tennis teams finished first and second, respectively, at the GISA 3-AAA Tournament at Darton College in Albany on Monday and Tuesday.

The teams combined for the most points among all four schools’ boys and girls squads at the event with 62 total points.

The boys ousted the field with 36 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Southland, which tallied 21.

Thomas Harrison and Morgan Dunaway – both of Brookwood – played for the individual title, with the former taking home the trophy, winning 6-1, 6-2.

The Warriors’ tandem of Jud Jones and Garrett Elmore took home runner-up honors in the boys doubles final, falling to the Deerfield-Windsor duo of Reid Wright and Will Calhoun.

“Our boys team played to their potential and definitely exceeded some expectations,” Brookwood coach Kendon Warren said. “Going into the season, we knew we were going to be a solid team. But I don’t think anyone would’ve thought we’d have the season that we had – 10-0 record, region title by a large margin. It’s been a pleasant surprise.”

The Lady Warriors had a comparable outing with two girls – Rachel Cooper and Jenna Merschman – playing for the individual title.

Cooper won the region championship with a 6-0, 6-0 performance.

Brookwood’s girls also struggled against Deerfield’s doubles. Frannie Wetherbee and Kasey Harrell were swept by Lady Knights Joyner Tyson and Amy Rao in the quarterfinals, as were Ariel Watt and Emmaline Brannon.

Nonetheless, the outing ended on a high note with both teams finishing among the top two – a feat no other GISA 3-AAA team approached.

Warren, in just his second season, was also named Region Coach of the Year for the first time.

“To be recognized by other coaches within the region as doing a standup job with my team was definitely special,” Warren said. “It did mean a lot to me, but I owe it all to my team. They were the ones that did their job on the court. I was just helping them along.

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