Fantastic Tennis from the Senior Squads
After the girls defeated Downe House and the boys defeated Reading Blue Coat to become County Champions in the Summer Term, both teams progressed through to the Regional Finals in Exeter after beating Thorden School and Bishop Wordsworth in the Regional knockout stage.
The girls squad of Jemma, Holly, Issey, Roo and Isabella were seeded third in the Regional Finals and faced second seeded Millfield. Only winning one out of the four singles games (Issey winning hers convincingly 6-1) required the girls to win both of their doubles matches. Jemma and Issey found themselves 4-1 down...but played some absolutely breathtaking tennis to bring it back to 4-4. The girls fought for every point, their serving, unforced errors and teamwork was outstanding and the girls took a well-deserved win in the tie break 6-8 after drawing six games all. Jemma and Issey were simply fantastic!
Unfortunately the other doubles match with Holly and Roo didn't go according to plan with the girls losing 6-0. This meant they were playing off for third place against Redmaids School.
The girls really stepped things up with all of them winning both their singles and doubles matches convincingly. They finished as their seeding predicted which was in third place - a great performance from all. Congratulations to the squad!
The boys squad of Oscar, Harry, Freddie, Tok and Charlie were also seeded third in the Regional Finals and faced St Peters in their opening game. It was always going to be tough for the squad, after losing two older players from the competition CC had to field a young side at the Regionals. The entire squad were young enough to play in the U13 competition but here they were facing 16 year olds. To their credit they battled each point and ultimately were unfortunately out-muscled by a mature and strong team with Harry stepping up well and only narrowly losing his singles match. This meant that the CC boys played Salesian for third place. Once again the boys fought for every point, their commitment could simply not be faulted. This time it was Freddie who only narrowly missed his singles after playing superbly. However, a victory came in the last doubles game of the day with a convincing doubles win with partners Freddie and Harry finished fourth overall but given their age the boys played superbly and we look forward to watching them progress and are certain of them making the U13 Regional Round next year. Oscar stepped up well and kept a cool head facing the number one player from both schools, and the Charles brothers were extremely impressive and played good tennis for such youngsters.
PE Teacher Jo Cox commented;
“I am extremely proud of them all, some excellent tennis so congratulations to both the girls and boys squads.”