The Knights and Grangers were tied 1-all after LaGrange’s Emory DeLoach defeated Jeremy Mims
6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and the River Ridge pairing of Kamren Bernhardt and Grayson Chumley won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
Ben Van Hout was trailing at No. 2 singles after losing a tie-breaker in the first set. At No. 1 doubles Gabe Mims and Clay McIntyre had won their first set, but the Grangers were leading the second set.
The Knights’ Jake Hicks was warming up against Clay Dodson and Freeman was feeling pretty good about where things stood.
“If we can get our No. 3 singles out there, I think we have a shot,” said Freeman.
At that time, the Knights only needed to win two of the three remaining matches. They were already up in one of them.
However Hicks wouldn’t even be a factor.
Connor Mahan dominated the second set against Van Hout for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory, which put the Grangers up 2-1.
By the time LaGrange won the second set at No. 1 doubles, Freeman was starting to change her tune.
While Hicks was battling a tough opponent in Dodson, Mims and McIntyre were fighting to keep the team alive. The duo tied the third set at 4-all, but LaGrange rallied and put it away 6-4.
“LaGrange is a great team,” said Freeman. “We went to a lot of deuce points, but we were just outplayed today. It was a great match.”
The Knights are in good shape for next year. Van Hout, Gabe Mims, Hicks, Bernhardt and Chumley are all underclassmen.
“Definitely, we will be back,” said Freeman. “We have a young team. Only two are graduating from today. We played one of our alternates today and we won that match. We have a bright future ahead.”