After putting together a 10-6 overall record and a third-place finish at the Region 7-AAA tournament, the DCHS boys tennis team finished their season in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament on Tuesday, April 19.
Head coach Logan Allen and his team traveled over to Norcross to play Region 5 runner-up Greater Atlanta Christian in the tournament, where the Tigers would face their stiffest competition this season.
While the team could not find momentum against the Spartans and would lose 4-0, the final match of the evening was a prime example of the larger effort that the Tigers had shown.
Knowing it would be the final tennis match of his high school career, Zach Friday refused to take anything lightly in his match at No. 2 singles, winning the first set.
He sprinted and leaped his way across the court, bounding forward when in an offensive position and tracking back with urgency when his defensive skills were needed.
When his opponent would attempt to drop a shot just over the net, Friday would make a mad dash to send it back over. When he faced a lob shot, he would twist and turn to try and guide the ball across the court.
After falling behind in the second set, his night was nearing its end as the other matches finished in the Spartans’ favor.
Likely sensing this situation, Friday embarked on a back-and-forth deuce-ad battle with his opponent that seemed to last an eternity.
Well after the other matches ended, Friday continued as if he was playing match point with every shot.
Eventually, Friday won the mid-set game and his match was called off due to the score, ending his night along with his teammates.
For seniors Friday, Lane Perry, Connor Scroggins and Ben Swafford, Tuesday’s matches would be their last for the Tigers. Their impact on the team throughout the past season was important to their success.
"All of the seniors played a huge role in our success," head coach Logan Allen said. "The guys all get along and support each other, which is always great to see as a coach. Tennis is a fun sport and the team genuinely has fun every day at practice, which is part of why we are able to have success."
Returning next season will be the No. 1 singles line player Chase Cofield, Grant Ledbetter, Connor Woody and Bailey Swafford.