The state playoff run for the Gordon Lee boys' tennis team ended in on a rainy Wednesday afternoon in Camilla, Georgia with a 4-0 loss to Baconton Charter in the Elite Eight round of the Class A public school state playoffs.
Rain began to fall as soon as Gordon Lee arrived following a 320-mile trip and continued for the remainder of the day forcing two lengthy delays, according to GL head coach David Eason.
"They had some hard courts and some clay courts, Eason explained. "Since it never stopped raining there was no way to get the hard courts playable. When the rain slowed to a heavy mist, after about an hour delay, they were able to get a couple of the clay courts playable. We played the two singles matches. By the end of those matches the rained had increased in intensity again and players were doing a lot of sliding around, so we had another 1.5-hour delay."
Joseph Looney dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Cody Carden at No. 1 singles, and Jonathan Bettis fell to Samuel Cornwell, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
In doubles, the No. 1 team of Kalen Bradley and Brayden Born lost 6-2, 6-2 to Brock Pinson and Stephen Bullard, and the No. 2 team of Logan Davis and Chandler Steele fell 6-4, 6-0 to Cameron Carney and Lucas Haley moments later. The No. 3 singles match was not played.
"We decided we could play doubles since the worst part of the courts was behind the baselines on one end and doubles would have the players more at the net," Eason added. "So we finished those matches and came home. Their kids had a lot more experience playing on the clay than we did, but that definitely was not the deciding factor in the match, because the conditions were rough for both sides."
Gordon Lee's girls are still alive and will play in the Final Four next week. The Lady Trojans will host either Jenkins County or Irwin County in the semifinals. The date and time for the match were unknown as of press time.
Should the Lady Trojans win, they would face either Telfair County or Baconton Charter in the state championship on Saturday, May 11 at International Park in Clayton County.