It’s not often when two teams are tied going into a league tournament that they come out that way.
But that’s what happened to the Mason girls tennis team, which tied Jackson Lumen Christi 4-4 in its dual match and then 48-48 on Thursday in the CAAC Gold tournament at Waverly.
“It looked like we were down and out at 2 p.m.,” Mason coach Jim D’Angelo said. “We were at a point where we couldn’t afford to lose a match, and the girls rallied and didn’t lose again.”
Senior Abby Perkins, freshman Olivia Hanover and sophomore Samantha Perkins won at No. 1, 2 and 3 singles flights, while Allie Rochon and Olivia Fassezke defeated Lumen Christi’s No. 3 doubles after losing to them in the dual meet.
“Our first doubles also flipped a score against Eaton Rapids where they lost to them three or days ago,” D’Angelo said. “We had some emotionally crushing defeats in the semifinals, but in each case the girls responded and won third place.”
It was the fifth straight league title for the Bulldogs in D’Angelo’s eight seasons.
“All of those matches the last five hours, if we lose a match, there are tears because we came up short,” he said. “It’s one of those ‘it’s not over until it’s over’ things. We needed them all, and we got them all. It was a total team effort.”
Parma Jackson County Western finished a close third on Thursday with 45 points, and was followed by Eaton Rapids, Jackson Northwest, Charlotte and Waverly. Those teams also repeated their finishes from the dual match portion of the season — just as Mason and Lumen Christi had.