The scorecard showed an easy 8-1 victory Wednesday for Hendersonville. Polk County girls tennis coach Richard Davis, though, read that result much differently.
With the Bearcats a legitimate contender this season for a 2A state championship, the Wolverines have looked at their two matchups as a measuring stick, a chance to see how they compare with one of the state’s best teams in a higher classification.
Davis found much to like in Wednesday’s final.
“Not a great finish according to the scorecard, but another day of getting better,” he said. “Even though the final scores were not pretty, it seemed as if every point was highly contested.”
Julia Griffin earned the lone point for Polk, posting a 10-5 win at No. 2 singles.
“Incredible effort by Julia Griffin by knocking off Lindsey Bull,” Davis said.
1. McCullough Perry (H) d. Tana Harris 10-1; 2. Julia Griffin (PC) d. Lindsey Bull 10-5; 3. Olivia Pursley (H) d. Sara Muse 10-2; 4. Anna Trace (H) d. Ava Marino 10-2; 5. Celia Donaldson (H) d. Madi Pruette 10-1; 6. Annie Jones (H) d. Victoria Bolling 10-0.
1. Perry-Bull (H) d. Harris-Griffin 8-1; 2. Pursley-Donaldson (H) d. Muse-Marino 8-2; 3. Trace-Jones (H) d. Bolling-Pruette 8-0.