The Wilson Central Lady Wildcats reached a new plateau by advancing to the first-ever district tournament championship match with a 4-0 win against Lebanon last Thursday.
However, Wilson Central didn’t have enough against top seeded Hendersonville as the Lady Commandos ended the Lady Wildcats’ season with a 4-0 outcome on Monday afternoon at Memorial Park Tennis Courts.
The second seeded Lady Wildcats could not hold leads in the first set at number four and five singles as an experienced Hendersonville team took advantage of some costly Wilson Central errors.
“Last year, I felt our girls came off the court with a rather unsatisfying taste in our mouth,” Wilson Central coach Ryan Jent said of his team’s 4-0 loss to Mt. Juliet to end last season.
“This offseason we got a lot better and our team was much more competitive this season. With every player on our roster returning, we’ll need another big jump comparable to last year’s.”
Hendersonville started off quickly as senior Caroline Miller downed junior Savannah Westbrook 6-1, 6-2 at number two singles.
Wilson Central junior Sydney Miller was the next to fall as the junior was upended by sophomore Bella Lodge 6-1, 6-3 at three singles.
Hendersonville picked up its third point with a 6-4, 6-2 win by junior Katie Lee over freshman Ashlynn Staggs at number five singles.
Senior Audrey Spurlock capped off the Hendersonville win with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Wilson Central junior Abby Moser at number four singles.
Wilson Central junior Jacey Staggs and Hendersonville sophomore Lucy Sims were the last match to go on at one singles, and concluded after the match finalized as Sims took a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Staggs.
“Undoubtedly, we’ve improved a lot as a team, but to clear the next hurdle we’ve got to be a little more fundamentally solid and detail-oriented,” Jent said.
“A good foundation was put in place with the work we did during the offseason. We’ve put ourselves in a good position to grow even more as a team.”
Jacey Staggs and Westbrook is set to compete in the Region 5 – Large Division individual doubles tournament while junior Michael Mercante will take part in the singles tournament on May 14 at Austin Peay.