13th straight trip for girls, 9th in a row for boys team
By KEVIN PRICE
The Brookstone tennis teams are back in familiar territory: the high school state tennis final four.
The Cougars are headed to the Georgia High School Association Class A boys semifinals for the ninth straight year after a 4-1 home win over Savannah Country Day on Thursday. Brookstone (17-2) will play Athens Academy or Pace Academy in next Friday's semifinals.
Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars (12-6) are headed to the girls final four for the 13th straight year after a 5-0 home rout of Savannah Country Day on Thursday. They will face Darlington or Wesleyan in next Friday's semifinals.
The Cougars got their first two points from the doubles teams.
The No. 2 team of Trey Thorne and Shail Arora beat James Scott 6-2, 6-2, then Joo-Yeok Lee and Jonathan Dreelin beat Andrew Bradley and Nivan Lakshman 6-2, 6-3 for a 2-0 lead.
Baran Baris, playing No. 2 singles, clinched the match for the Cougars with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Vina Laksharan.
George Adams also won for the Cougars at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 over Greyson Finlay. SCD got its lone win at No. 1 singles as Grayson Lowental beat Kazuki Onoe 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
The Cougars, who have won two state championships (1987 and 2005), will look to break a six-match
losing streak in the semifinal round.
In the girls match, the Lady Cougars dominated SCD, dropping only 11 games in the five matches.
"I really thought we were in for a battle," Brookstone girls coach Mary Lynne Cumiskey said. "I thought this was going to be a hard-fought match with two or three matches that were really close.
"This is the first time I have seen my team play to its potential all season. In every match, I was so satisfied and so pleased. They played with confidence; they were positive; they were moving. Doubles were communicating. First time I have seen this."
As she did in the first two rounds of the state tournament, Henssey Ngo led the way for Brookstone at No. 1 singles. She beat Ashton Young 6-0, 6-0. Rachel Levy, at No. 3 singles, gave Brookstone its second point, 6-0, 6-0 over Lindsey Bowen.
Playing at No. 2 singles, Avery Hudson secured the win with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Nevin Ergul.
Brookstone finished the sweep with wins at the two doubles. The No. 1 team of Jessica Lewis and Abby White beat Fontaine Bergen and Melissa Joyce 6-3, 6-1, and No. 2 Hendley Badcock and Catherine Hudson beat Nina Luskey and Lena Hirsch 6-1, 6-4.
The Lady Cougars, who have won 10 state championships under Cumiskey, including three straight from 2007-09, will look for their first semifinal win since '09.
Thursday at Brookstone
Brookstone 4, SCD 1
No. 1: Grayson Lowental (SCD) d. Kazuki Onoe 7-6 (8-6), 6-4; No. 2: Baran Baris (B) d. Vina Laksharan 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: George Adams (B) d. Greyson Finlay 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Joo-Yeok Lee/Jonathan Dreelin (B) d. Andrew Bradley/Nivan Lakshman 6-2, 6-3; Trey Thorne/Sahil Arora (B) d. James Scott/Rishi Patel 6-2, 6-2.
Record: Brookstone 17-2. Next: Brookstone state semifinals May 11, time, opponent TBD
Brookstone 5, SCD 0
No. 1: Henssey Ngo d. Ashton Young 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Avery Hudson d. Nevin Ergul 6-1, 6-1; No. 3: Rachel Levy d. Lindsey Bowen 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1: Jessica Lewis/Abby White d. Fontaine Bergen/Melissa Joyce 6-3, 6-1; No. 2: Hendley Badcock/Catherine Hudson d. Nina Luskey/Lena Hirsch 6-1, 6-4.