This time, though, they completed the sweep, capturing a pair of Class AAA state championship trophies last weekend at the Clayton County International Park and Tennis Center.
“It is truly a blessing,” said Blessed Trinity girls coach Alan Keel, whose team won their fifth straight state championship in the process, and sixth in the last seven seasons. “The key for us this year was roster depth, many teams we played has a couple of good players, while we had an entire lineup of good players.”
The depth for BT’s girls led to a perfect 23-0 season on the tennis courts and a dominating 3-0 win over Woodward Academy in the state championship match. Kourtney Keegan completed a perfect season of her own by winning at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-1), and the doubles teams of Sarah Baker/Megan Foye (6-1, 6-1) and Elizabeth Milano/Kelly Higgins (6-3, 6-1) earned points to sew up the state title.
No. 2 singles player Jenna Krakau and No. 3 liner Julia Tananasanta didn’t need to complete their matches, but were integral parts of the Lady Titans state championship success.
The Blessed Trinity boys won their championship by topping archrival St. Pius X, a team that beat them just a month ago in the 6AAA finals.
Head coach Tim Weidner pointed to the program’s depth, along with resurgence from the No. 2 doubles line (Collin Joiner and Kevin Wise) as a key to topping Pius.
“In our previous two matches against St. Pius, we lost all of our doubles matches. But this time, we were able to break through with a win,” said Weidner of Joiner and Wise, won 6-2, 6-4. “They played well in the championship and kept their composure when things did not go their way.
“It was a huge boost for our team when we won that line.”
BT coupled the doubles win with victories on the No. 1 (Matt Marin – 6-3, 6-0) and No. 2 singles (Matt Ghering – 6-2, 6-0) lines to seal a 3-1 victory.
Christian Pierson played No. 3 singles but didn’t finish his match. Zandy Rizzo and John Vermillion lost their match on the No. 1 doubles line.
The Titans were making their fifth straight appearance in the state finals, winning for the first time since beating Westminster 3-2 in the 2010 state finals.