TCIS Champions - Varsity Boys Tennis
Tidewater Conference Championships
Needing five titles to tie and six titles to win outright, Cape Henry won four singles and swept all three doubles championships to pass Norfolk Academy and win its fifth straight Tidewater Conference Tournament team championship Saturday at Huntington Park in Newport News.
The Dolphins finished with 69 points while the Bulldogs had 65. Norfolk Collegiate (50), Hampton Roads (44) and Norfolk Christian (37) rounded out the top five.
For the third straight year, Cape Henry's Tanner Baine earned tournament MVP honors and singles and doubles titles. The George Mason signee took No. 1 singles and teamed with Chris Armistead to win No. 1 doubles.
"(Baine) was just a monster today," said Dolphins coach George Pilkington.
The Dolphins' Mason Smith and Scotty Hunter won No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively, and teamed to take No. 2 doubles. Zack Zapatero won No. 2 singles and teamed with Nick Trader to take No. 3 doubles.
"By no means did I think we would pick up seven wins today," said Pilkington.
Norfolk Academy entered the day with the lead and had finalists in all nine matches. Michael Stoney and Barclay Freeman won No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
All singles and doubles winners were named to the all-tournament team.
Reprinted with Permission / The Virginian-Pilot