The Culpeper boys and girls tennis teams wrapped up their season on Tuesday and Wednesday as they competed in the region 3 individual and doubles tournament hosted at Mary Washington.
For the boys, Liam Addy competed in the singles tournament on Tuesday and in doubles on Wednesday with teammate Ryan Davis.
Addy played solid all year for the Blue Devils and only recorded two losses in the regular season. He had a first-round bye and had to play James Monroe’s Adam Payne in the semi finals.
The match didn’t go the way Addy would have liked as he lost in two sets 0-6,0-6.
“Even though I didn’t end up winning regionals I’m still extremely proud of my season,” Addy said. “ The guys and I have been working hard for months leading up to the regional tournament so it meant a lot to be able to represent my team and my school against top level competition.”
In doubles on Wednesday, Addy and Davis defeated Skyline in two sets 6-0,6-0. In the next round the duo fell in three sets to Brentsville 2-6, 6-0, 1-6.
Culpeper head coach Ryan Scott is proud of how far his doubles team came throughout the season.
“As far as doubles goes it was pretty neat to watch how Ryan and Liam mesh together. It was a little rocky in the beginning but really got in the groove and ended up the season 11-6,” Scott said. “Liam plays really well with his ground strokes while Ryan loves to dominate at the net.”
Addy said he would consider this season to definitely be a successful one.
“I think the last two days I played well overall. After practicing the whole season with Coach Scott and the team I was able to play some high quality tennis to finish the season so I can’t be very disappointed,” Addy said. “Playing doubles with Ryan this year has been a lot of fun. We’re good friends off the court and I think that helps our teamwork on court and allows us to be honest with each other.”
“This season was great for me. Working with the team and Coach was a blast and we all improved a lot over the season,” he said. “I was able to win some important matches in singles and doubles and it was amazing to share those moments with my guys. My goal for next year is to win the regional tournament in either singles or doubles. It’s a high bar to aim for but I’m excited for the chance and I’ve got a great group around me to help me make it happen.”
Lauren Bates was the only girl who competed in the tournament for the Blue Devils. Culpepers No.1 Candella Secades was a foreign exchange student who had to go back to Spain at the end of the school year.
Bates, a freshman, stepped up and played very well in the individual tournament. She defeated her opponent from Spotsylvania 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and then faced the No.1 player from James Monroe. She fell in two sets 6-4,6-2.
“Lauren is only a freshman, and competed against veteran players all season. She has a great competitive spirit and always has fun,” Culpeper head coach Katie McWilliams said. “This season she was pushed by our No.1 singles foreign exchange student. They battled in practice to improve each other, and became great friends. They made a great No.1 doubles team and earned the No.2 seed in regionals.”
“Lauren gained confidence throughout the season. She has big goals to improve and compete at a high level. She was aggressive in regional singles play, stepping in to take over Candela’s spot as she had to go back to Spain.”
All three athletes will return next season.