It was Westminster that was holding the championship trophy as the Wildcats defeated the Lions 3-1 in the AA title match at Clayton County International Tennis Center in Jonesboro last Saturday.
Westminster also won the AA boys’ title, while Marist (AAAA girls) and Blessed Trinity (AAA boys and girls) were among the other champions crowned at the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic tennis competition.
The Westminster girls beat Lovett in two of their three singles matches, with Julie Fowler defeating Sarah Teichner 6-3, 7-6 at No. 1 singles and Simran Mathwani beating Grey Poplin 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
The Wildcats clinched the title with a win at No. 1 doubles as Kay Crawford and Maddie Hutchins defeated the Lovett duo of Mary Bryan Pope and Katie Harrison 7-5, 3-6, 7-6.
Annie Mayfield earned the lone win for Lovett, beating Westminster’s Rachel Corbin at No. 2 singles.
“It was a great win for the Wildcats,” Westminster girls’ coach Scoot Dimon said. “It was our first state championship in nine years and that made it even more exciting. It came down to the last game of the last match, so it was as close as it can be. Lovett played great and the sportsmanship was excellent on all five courts.”
Lovett coach Ricky Davis was also proud of his team’s effort.
“We came ready to play,” Davis said. “We fought hard and played the best we could.”
Westminster also clinched its third consecutive boys’ title with a 3-0 over Wesleyan in the AA title match.
"It's always exciting," Westminster boys' coach Wade Boggs said. "We had to replace four seniors [from last year], so we don't have the deepest team. But we always found a way to win."
Steven Solms won at No. 2 singles, while Spain Short and Will Anderson (No. 1 doubles) and Connor Hutchens and Jimmy White (No. 2 doubles) were the other winners for the Wildcats.
Marist clinched the AAAA girls’ championship with a 3-0 victory over LaGrange in the title match, giving the War Eagles their fourth state crown in five years.
Kelsey Williams and Marielle Williams won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively, while Anna Stevenson and Leigh Peters teamed up to triumph at No. 2 doubles for Marist.
Blessed Trinity clinched the AAA boys’ championship with a 3-1 victory over Region 6AAA foe St. Pius X.
Matt Marin (No. 1 singles), Matt Ghering (No. 2 singles) and the duo of Collin Joiner and Kevin Wise (No. 2 doubles) were the winners for the Titans. Jack Cote and Parker Jones (No. 1 doubles) won for St. Pius.
Blessed Trinity beat Woodward 3-0 in the AAA girls’ title match in another battle of 6AAA rivals.
Kourtney Keegan (No. 1 singles), Sarah Barker and Megan Foye (No. 1 doubles) and Elizabeth Milano and Kelly Higgins (No. 2 doubles) claimed the wins for the Titans.