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Despite tough team loss in sectional, BHS boys tennis doubles duo at state

A trip to the Class AAA State Tennis Tournament was almost on the racquets of Bearden’s standout doubles tandem, Hunter Maltsberger and Taylor Patrick.

But a pair of unfortunate events in singles play left the BHS boys to wonder what if, as Science Hill came to Knoxville Thursday, May 18, and claimed the Sectional crown and trip to Murfreesboro with a 4-1 win.

“That score’s kinda deceiving, at number four [singles] Ben Rahnema had a match point but lost six-four in the third set. And in number one singles, Hunter Maltsberger was up seven-six, three-two when he cramped up and had to default,” BHS head coach Clint Cope said about two singles matches that, if BHS had won, would have put them up 3-2.

That would have allowed the powerful Maltsberger-Patrick No. 1 doubles tandem to play for a trip to Murfreesboro. “They won the two close matches,” Cope added about SHHS. “But overall, I’m happy with the boys team, they had a great year, they ended up fourteen-and-two [record], in the round of eight.

But, again, our goal is to get to Murfreesboro. Hopefully next year, with a couple of seniors coming back, we’ll be able to make one more step to Murfreesboro.”

However, Maltsberger and Patrick did earn the Region 2-AAA doubles title and began play at state Wednesday, (after press deadline). The final round was today (Thursday).

“I’d say they’re probably the favorite,” Cope said. “They’ve got a good chance to win if they play up to their potential.”


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