A preseason favorite, the William Blount High School girls’ team took a big step toward the regular-season District 4AAA championship with a 6-3 decision over rival Maryville on Tuesday at William Blount.
After Maryville freshman Payton Robinette took out a hard-fought win, 8-6, over William Blount’s Madison Costner at No. 1 singles, Lady Governor coach Marty Durand said the match swung in his team’s favor at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles. Juniors Haley Finley and Emily Guillaume trailed at 3 doubles before rallying to win, 8-5. Finley then fell back in singles, only to rally once again for victory.
“Haley was a star (Tuesday),” Durand said. “They’re down 4-1 in doubles, and they rally to win. She (Finley) was down 4-1 in singles and rallied to win. I’m thinking about moving her up.”
The Lady Rebels jumped to a quick start, rolling to 4-1 leads in all four doubles matches. After Guillaume and Finley salvaged one of the four spot, the Costner/Madison Fulmer pairing adding another at No. 2 doubles, the Lady Governors turned to singles to extract the victory.
“The comeback in doubles and singles by Costner and Finley and their team leadership was the difference in the match,” Durand said.
Teague Cogdill collected an 8-6 win at No. 2 singles, with Finley, 8-6, Guillaume, 8-3, and Madison Fulmer, 8-3, following suit at Nos. 4 through 6, respectively.
The Rebels flipped the script on the boys’ side, taking a 6-3 victory from the Governors. Maryville’s 2010 state doubles finalist Yusuke Yodono opened the run with an 8-2 win at No. 1 singles, with Nichols Campbell, 8-2, Yusuke Yoshida, 8-2, and Jon Zacharias, 9-7, adding wins at the Nos. 3 through 5 slots. Caleb Askew, 8-2, and Brooks Cunningham, 8-4, collected singles wins for the Governors.
The Rebels snatched three of four doubles pairings to secure the match. The tandem of Yodono and Ben Leitner took No. 1 doubles, 8-1, with the Campbell/Yoshida duo winning, 8-3, in the second slot.
William Blount hosts Heritage on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., following with defending district champion Knox West in two weeks. Wins in both matches would pit the Lady Governors against Catholic for the league crown.