It truly was deja vu all over again for the No. 2 seed Lady Jags as they lost to No. 1 seed Woodward 5-0, falling short of winning the Region 4-AAA title. Last Wednesday, the Lady War Eagles defeated Spalding by the same 5-0 score to deny the Lady Jags the regular-season region title.
As the region runner-up, Spalding will be the No. 2 seed in the Class AAA state tennis tournament and will host a team from Region 1-AAA. Crawford is looking to schedule the girls state tourney match for either next Monday or Tuesday at Spalding High.
In the Region 4-AAA championship match against Woodward, Spalding’s No. 1 singles player Elizabeth Turner lost 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 singles Emily Peek lost 6-0, 6-0 and No. 3 singles Melissa Kingsley lost 6-1, 6-0.
The Spalding No. 1 doubles team of Mackenzie King and Laura Ann Mabbett lost 6-1, 6-0 and the No. 2 doubles team of Sarah Peek and B. Dallas lost 6-2, 6-1.
“The girls did a great job this year, even though they’re young. We graduated three very good players from last year’s Final Four team and we only lose two players after this season,” said Lady Jags head coach Greg Crawford. "And we won't be in Woodward's region next year."
On Wednesday morning, the Lady Jags defeated Woodland-Stockbridge 3-2 to advance to the region finals. Turner and Emily Peek lost in 3 sets, but Kingsley and both doubles teams won their matches to give Spalding the victory and the rematch with Woodward later that day.
Crawford will be back at Woodward today with the Spalding boys tennis team for its region tournament. The Jags will play at 9 a.m. today against Eagle’s Landing and if they win, the Jags will play in the finals at 1 p.m.