Prep tennis | Bayshore girls knocked out just short of state tourney

jlembo@bradenton.comApril 11, 2014 

BAYSHORE GARDENS -- Bayshore's girls tennis season had just ended, and Trevor Johnson had a bittersweet feeling.

He was proud of his Bruins despite Thursday's 4-0 loss to Tampa Academy of Holy Names in a Class 2A-Region 5 final, especially because Bayshore takes a district championship trophy into the offseason.

But the coach said he is going to miss his players.

"I'm really sad, because it's such an awesome group of girls," said Johnson, who wrapped his first season as Bayshore's girls tennis coach after previously coaching the school's boys tennis, girls golf and wrestling teams. "It was just fun to come to practice every day. It wasn't like, 'Oh, man, I've got to go to practice.'"

His Bruins simply ran into a better team Thursday in the Jaguars, who took fourth in the state in Class 2A last year and didn't drop a set.

Consequently, neither Bayshore nor Holy Names' doubles teams took the court

Thursday.

"Sometimes, the other team is just a little better than you are. (Thursday) was just their day," Johnson said. "I thought the girls fought hard and played well."

Bayshore's Savannah Gray lost 6-1, 6-0 to Caroline Luzo at No. 1 singles, and Olivia Rivas defeated the Bruins' Cailin Finnegan 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3.

The Jaguars took a 3-0 lead when Grayson Garrity beat Haley Donahue 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 and clinched the Region 5 title when Maddie Bales scored a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Cailei Meluch.

Despite the disappointing finish, Johnson, who helped guide Bayshore to the District 10 title, is excited about what's to come. The Bruins return everyone except Donahue, who also teamed with Finnegan at No. 2 doubles this season.

"Other than that, everybody's back. So the future's bright," Johnson said. "I told the ladies, (Thursday) was just the start of greatness."

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