Madison County advanced to the Elite 8 in the Class AAAA state tennis tournament, but the journey ended there as the squad fell to Marist April 30.
“It was another tremendous season for our boys program,” said Raider head coach Keith Strickland, whose team finished the year at 20-4 overall and 13-0 in the region. “We’ve had an amazing four-year run, going 80-15 (52-1 in region), winning four-straight region titles, getting to two AAAA State Sweet 16s, one AAAA State Elite 8, and one AAAA State Final. I could not be prouder of our senior boys, our varsity starters, or our program as a whole.”
The coach said the squad has exceeded all expectations” and “built something to be proud of personally and for our community.”
“I’m especially proud of the relationships we’ve built as players, coaches, parents, school administration, and the Madison County Community as a whole,” said Strickland. “Winning is fun and something to set goals for and strive to attain, but the relationships we build along the way are far more important.”
The coach said his team ran into a good Marist squad.
“Our boys represented Madison County very well,” he said. “We battled and played with heart, but came up short to a better team today. The scores don›t necessarily accurately represent the play. There were games that were tight that could have gone either way. The matches were much tighter than the scores represent.”
Here are Madison County’s scores April 30 versus Marist:
•#1 singles: Ben Strickland lost to Kyle Ferrer 1-6, 2-6.
•#2 singles: Tyler Terrell lost to Jefferson Dockter 3-6, 2-6.
•#3 singles: Hank Sartain was losing 2-5 to Brandon Price when his match was suspended.
•#1 doubles: Adam Sartain and Ben Sartain lost to Chase Krouskos and Grant Kelly 2-6, 1-6.
•#2 doubles: Koti Nguyen and Hayden Colquitt lost to Eric Thompson and Chris Bertasi 3-6, 2-6.