Rival Lakeside steals win from spirited Spartans

Lakeside outlasted Bainbridge 3-2 in both boys and girls tennis Tuesday on the Spartans’ home courts.

“They were just so talented at the top,” noted Spartan Head Varsity Tennis Coach Jennifer Anne Shorr, who added that Lakeside boasts a state champion at Girls No. 1, as well as other state finalists.

“And yet it was 3-2,” Shorr added. “We will get better!”

The Bainbridge boys had a real chance in the doubles to win with close first sets and leading in second sets at Boys No. 2 and No. 3, Shorr said.

“On court one in the doubles, our boys were a bit overmatched but still very competitive. A winnable match that with a bit of strategic purpose could well have won the day. We hung even and just lost focus at the end of the sets,” she said.

The coach said the Spartans hope to play their top rivals again this season.

“At this level it was a who wants it more. We will look for a rematch in the postseason,” Shorr said.

Though the Spartan girls were outplayed at the top of the lineup, the Bainbridge players showed great effort, and the coach said it was a good learning experience against state-level, top four players.

The Spartans’ great team depth shined at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, with Bainbridge dominating in those two matches.

Also noteworthy in the Spartans’ home opener: Senior Duncan Wallace and sophomore Eric Perkins had their varsity debuts in the matchup against Lakeside.