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March 3, 2014

Berrien Rebelettes win Wildcat Invitational

NASHVILLE — The Berrien High girls tennis team remained undefeated on the year (5-0) by winning all three matches in the Valdosta Wildcat Invitational at McKey Park over the weekend to take home first place.  

The tournament Lowndes, Valdosta, Colquitt County Glynn Academy, Richmond Hill, Thomas County Central, Thomasville and Berrien.

Berrien played Colquitt in the first round and won, 4-1. Lollie McMillan won her singles match 6-1 and 6-0 and Logan Griffis came back to win her match 6-4, 10-8 after dropping the first set 6-4. The Rebelettes won both doubles encounters as Hana Gaskins and Skyla Heath won 6-1 and 6-4 and Lauren Harrell and Daryl Anne Boyd won 6-4 and 6-0.

They then defeated Richmond Hill in the semis, 5-0. Berrien swept the singles matches as McMillan won 6-0, 6-0, Madison Heath won 6-1 and 6-4 and Griffis triumphed 6-2, 6-4. In doubles, Gaskins and Skyla Heath won 6-2, 7-5 and Harrell and Boyd won 6-1, 6-1.

The finals saw a rematch from last year with Berrien facing Glynn Academy. Glynn swept last year and looked well on their way to domination again after taking a 2-0 advantage.

Harrell and Boyd won 6-1 and 6-4 to put the Rebelettes on the board, then McMillan tied it after a 6-4, 6-4 win. It would come down to the last doubles match to determine a winner. Gaskins and Skyla Heath won the first set 6-3, then dropped the second 6-1. In the finale, Glynn's team went up 2-0, then the Nashville pair rallied for four straight games to go up 4-2.

Glynn then fought back to win three straight games and a 5-4 lead and match point.  Berrien saved the match point and broke back to tie it at 5-5.  Gaskins and Skyla Heath would take the last three games and the match 7-5 to give Berrien a 3-2 win and the championship.  

Berrien's head coach Jarrett Luke stated that he was so proud of his team.  "All the girls fought so hard and they wanted to win this tournament so bad.  I am so proud of all of them.  They certainly deserved to win this championship. I also want to thank the Rebel Nation fans as they cheered loud and supported the girls all tournament long."  

Berrien will open up region play this week as the Rebelettes will host Cook Thursday at 4 p.m.


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