MURFREESBORO — Almost in a flash, the Franklin Road Academy tennis season came to an end.
The Panthers ran into a University School of Jackson buzzsaw Tuesday afternoon and were flattened in their boys Class A/AA state semifinal match 4-0 in just a little over an hour at the BlueCross Spring Fling at Old Fort Park.
FRA, making its first state tourney appearance since 2000, finished 14-2.
“We were solid the entire year," said sophomore Nathan Stein who lost his first match of the season at No. 1 singles. “We had several challenges throughout the season and came through them all to get to state. But USJ just played better today.
“We were happy with how we played this spring, and I think we’ll be very good next season," Stein added. “I feel very good about what we accomplished."
The Panthers lose seniors Marc Barnett at No. 2 and Rocky Cowan at No. 5, but return Stein, Trey Williamson and Jackson Taylor in singles.
“Marc is a guy who has played so well in our program for four years," said eighth-year coach Jon Hains, whose team’s only other loss was to USN which is competing in the Division II state tourney.
“Overall, I’m really proud of our guys. Throughout each match, we continued to develop togetherness and worked as a group," he said. “USJ is a team loaded with talent with a
veteran group of tournament players with lots of experience."
A/AA Girls: In the team semifinal, DCA ended its season on a sour note, as they also fell to USJ 4-0.
Bruins roll in AAA: Brentwood High roared into the Class AAA boys final, crushing Memphis White Station 4-0. The Bruins will meet Science Hill High on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at MTSU in the finals.
Brentwood used straight-set wins by Beau Blackshear, Greg Center, Drake Hernandez and Loukas Peterson at 2-3-4-5 singles to cruise past the Spartans.
Ace Alex Howard had split sets at No. 1 singles but didn’t complete his match as BHS had already clinched the team victory.
AAA Girls: Ravenwood lost a tough 4-3 semifinal decision to Science Hill, ending the Raptor season.
Lauren Caballero and Madison Stankevich both won their singles matches at No. 1 and 2 and teamed for an easy win at No. 1 doubles. But the Raptors lost at No. 2 doubles in the deciding match.
USN reaches both finals: The USN girls rolled to a 4-0 win over Webb School of Bell Buckle to reach the DII-A final. Robyn Shaffer, Caroline Awh, Olivia Doochin and Morgan Wilters collected straight-set wins for the Tigers.
USN, finalists last year, goes for the gold, meeting St. George’s in the final Wednesday at 9 a.m. at MTSU.
The defending state champ USN boys followed suit with a 4-0 win over St. George’s as Sreyas Reddy scored a win at No. 1 singles. The Tigers will meet Lausanne on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the finals. Lausanne blanked Davidson Academy 4-0.
Harpeth Hall falls: Knoxville Webb zipped past Harpeth Hall 4-1 in the DII-AA girls semifinals. Freshman Caitlin Casey collected the only Harpeth Hall win at No. 2 singles.
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