The scoreboard Thursday read solely in Hendersonville’s favor. But it didn’t feel that way for Polk County girls tennis coach Richard Davis.
The Wolverines dropped a 7-0 decision to a Hendersonville team expected to be in the mix for a 2A state title. But the manner of the setback gave Davis reason to be enthused about the future.
Take the No. 1 singles match, where Polk’s Hannah Jenne dropped an 11-9 decision to Hendersonville’s McCullough Perry, last year’s 2A state runner-up.
“Hannah and McCullough played an ESPN Instant Classic, two and a half-hour match,” Davis said. “Every point was a minimum 15-20 ball rally with one reaching 53 in a row. Simply incredible.”
Jenne had two match points in the contest, but Perry hung on for the win.
At No. 4 singles, Virginia Rostick battled back from a 5-2 deficit and had three match point opportunities, but Hendersonville’s Maggie Tinsley fought back for an 11-9 win.
And so on.
“Without question we are getting mentally tough and I feel that good things are going to happen for us down the road,” Davis said.
Polk County (3-3) will host T.C. Roberson on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
1. McCullough Perry (H) d. Hannah Jenne 11-9; 2. Lindsay Bull d. Tana Harris 10-1; 3. Hamrick Perry d. Julia Griffin 10-4; 4. Maggie Tinsley d. Virgina Rostick 11-9; 5. Ellie Jull d. Sara Muse 10-3; 6. Anna Trace d. Ava Marino 10-5.
3. Trace-Celia Donaldson d. Muse-Marino 8-1.