After winning the regular season Region 4-AAA championship, the Rockmart Yellow Jackets breezed through the Region 4-AAA postseason tournament to win the region tournament. Rockmart will now be the No. 1 seed from region four for the upcoming Class AAA state playoffs.
“It was the first region championship for Rockmart boys in tennis since 1958,” Yellow Jackets head coach Wayne Brooks said. “Of course I got a bath of ice water as they dumped the cooler over my head at the awards presentation, but it was all worth it. I am so proud of these boys, and I am proud of the girls as well. I am blessed to be able to coach them along with Malin Evans, who is one of the most outstanding coaches whom I’ve ever met.”
The Lady Jackets placed fourth at the region tournament to advance to the state playoffs as well. They will open the state playoffs on the road against a No. 1 seed.
“We have worked so well together this year to prepare both teams and it shows in their performance,” Brooks said. “The parents have been so supportive, and it has been a special season so far.”
Brooks said he now hopes both teams can make a long postseason run.
“I hope both teams continue their success and use their talents to go deep into the state playoffs,” Brooks said. “We should find out who our opponents are later this week.”
During the region championship match against Central-Carroll, the Yellow Jackets won 3-1.
“It was a hot, long battle on the courts in Douglasville,” Brooks noted.
At No. 1 singles, Matt Giudice won 6-0, 6-3.
“He wasted no time putting his opponent away,” Brooks said. “He absolutely flayed his opponent.”
Steven Dean and Tyler Baulding-Woods played at No. 1 doubles, but lost 7-5, 6-1.
“The first set was an all our war,” Brooks said.
At No. 2 singles, Mason Barnette won 6-4, 6-1.
“Mason showed he was not going to lose whatever the cost,” Brooks said. “Midway through the first set Maso nwas ahead 4-3 but fell and scraped his arm badly. We had to take an injury timeout to get the nurse to bandange him. After the timeout, Mason continued to hit deep, top spin ground strokes to win.”
Tristan Adams followed with a win at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-3.
“He just blased through his opponent,” Brooks said. “He hit winner after winner.”
The No. 2 doubles team of Jonathan Badon and Jared Brumbelow were winning 6-2 when the match was suspended because the Yellow Jackets had already clinched the region title.
The Lady Jackets, meanwhile, came up short in the third place game against Chapel Hill, losing 3-1.
Morgan Thompson won at No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-0 for the Lady Jackets lone win.
“Morgan looked brilliant as she has all season,” Brooks said. “She and her opponent just slammed the ball at each other all day long with a bevy of long rallies.”
At No. 2 singles, Kristin Stone lost 6-0, 6-2.
“She had long, hard hitting rallies,” Brooks noted.
Savannah Hudson fell at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-4.
“She fought a long battler against her opponent for over two hours,” Brooks said.
At No. 1 doubles, Rae Darden and Kaitlin Burns lost 7-5, 6-3. Jennifer Badon and Katlayn Gentry were playing at No. 2 doubles and were winning the second set when their match was stopped due to Chapel Hill clinching the match.
“The girls lookd amazing,” Brooks said. “They just ran down ball after ball all morning."