The Christ Church Cavaliers showed tremendous character in their 4-3 loss against Bishop England in Saturday’s Class AA/A boys tennis state championship match at Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.
“The match was very close,” said coach Bobby Austell. “It really could have gone either way if we were able to win tie breakers in No. 4 singles and No. 5 singles.”
The Cavaliers trailed 2-1 entering the No. 4 and No. 5 singles. No. 1 Wes Quattlebaum got off to a hot start jumping ahead 3-2 in the first game of the match. However, the sophomore was unable to finish the match due to a shoulder injury. “Wes has had a bad shoulder all season,” Austell said.
“You never know from one match to another if it will flare up.He is an outstanding player.”
No. 2 Gallus tied the match 1-1 with a victory in two sets (7-5, 6-4). “He did not have the most experience on our team,” said Austell.
“He put in a tremendous amount of work The Cavaliers dropped the final three singles matches. No. 3 Jackson Houser was defeated in two sets 6-3, 6-4. No. 4 Robert Philpot chalked up a 7-5 victory in the first set, but dropped the second set 5-7.
The match went to a tie breaker and Philpot was defeated 10-3. No. 5 Walker Carroll captured a 6-2 win in the first set of his match, but lost the second set 7-6.
Carroll lost the tie breaker 10-4. Although Christ Church was statistically unable to capture a victory trailing 4-1 entering doubles play, the Cavaliers gave 110 percent in the final two doubles matches.
“I was proud that the kids never gave up,” said Austell. Gallus and Houser won the No. 1 doubles match with an 8-7 victory in the first set and a 10-9 win in the tie breaker, while Freeman and Garrett chalked up an 8-2 victory in the No. 2 doubles match.
“We have a lot of young players and talent coming back,” Austell said. “We fully expect to compete for our 25th championship next season. These are a great group of kids that displayed high character on the court.”