The BCHS Bears tennis team faced their first region opponents of the season this past week. On March 10 the team traveled to Cross Creek and put on an impressive performance. Both the girls and the boys won their respective sets 5-0.
Scoring in tennis can be confusing. For those unfamiliar with how tennis is scored, points can be scored in the following order: 15-30-40-match. Players compete in a single game until one of the players exceeds forty points by a two point margin. For example, if the opponent has thirty points, and you exceed the forty points necessary, you win the game. Games and sets are different, though. In order to win a set, the player must win six games against a given opponent. Sets, much like the games, must be won by a margin of two. So, in order to win a set, a single player must win six games before their opponent wins five games.
Tennis coaches Laurie Dickey and Daniel Hance said that three of Burke County’s boys players played on Thursday. Sam Eckerman, Ryan Morris, and Ethan Coleson all won their singles matches. Both boys doubles matches were forfeited by Cross Creek, resulting in a perfect 5-0 for the boys team. In total, seven of the girls played against Cross Creek. Kyleigh Egan played 1st singles. Josalyn Roberts played 2nd singles. Ashlee Ray played 3rd singles. All three won easily.
Additionally, Madison Martin and Bridgitt Sloop played and won 1st doubles, and Paige Smith and Janiya Walker played and won 2nd doubles.
The closest any of the Bears came to losing their sets was by a margin of 6-2. This shows how impressive this outing versus Cross Creek was.
This week, the Bears tennis team looks to replicate this performance against their next region opponents. For those interested in watching Bears tennis, region play continues tomorrow (3/17/22) at home where the Bears will face off against Harlem. The matches will begin at 4:00 in the afternoon.