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Hill-Berry duo runner-up in state doubles tourney

Jeff Birchfield • May 24, 2019 at 8:18 PM

MURFREESBORO — Dobyns-Bennett’s Lainey Hill and Sydney Berry knew what they were up against in the TSSAA Large Schools doubles tennis championship.

The Lady Indians had faced Brentwood’s Alex Torre and Georgia Fischer earlier in the week in team competition and lost in straight sets. The result was the same Friday when Torre and Fischer rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory to claim the state championship.

Reaching the state final was still quite an accomplishment for Hill and Berry, who romped to straight-set victories in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

“It was a really big deal and everyone back home was supporting us so much,” said Hill, who reached the state final for a second straight year. “We couldn’t have done it without their support through the whole season.

“Our coaches are great and our teammates stayed here (after the team competition) to support us. They didn’t have to do that, but they wanted to. It means so much being a senior and being able to share in that with them.”

Torre and Fischer featured strong service games and mostly controlled the match.

“They’re just such an advanced team,” Berry said. “Both players were so good and we couldn’t compete with them.”

Berry played at No. 3 singles most of the season but enjoyed the switch to No. 1 doubles a little over a month ago. She and Hill breezed to district and region championships before their state run.

“It was extremely exciting and I loved playing with Lainey,” Berry said. “It was so much fun with her overall, off court too. I had such a great time.”


Tennessee High’s team of Hagan Oakley and David Bieger beat Ravenwood’s Jackson Stone and Ethan Eisenhaur 6-4, 6-4 for the championship. The Vikings duo dropped its first set against Knoxville West’s Stefan Steiger and Oliver Bonovich in the quarterfinals but won six straight after that.

The boys doubles title was the fourth for Tennessee High this decade. Jacob Marshall won three, two with Matt Henson and one with Charlie Moseley. Connor Knox and Owen Rockett also were state champions for the Vikings, who have five team championships this decade.

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