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High school tennis notepad: Bears, Patriots brace for rematch
The last time Riverbend’s and Albemarle’s boys played tennis against each other, it was unlike any match Bears coach Randy Garr has witnessed.
“It wasn’t like a tennis match,” Garr said. “It was like a football or basketball atmosphere. The hype was a bit much, and it was a little over the top, but it was fun.”
It was fun for the Bears (14–0) because they won the Commonwealth District match, 5–4.
The Patriots (13–1) will get the chance to avenge their only loss this season when they host Riverbend on Wednesday.
Garr said both teams have requested United States Tennis Association officials for the match.
“It could go either way,” Garr said of the outcome. “We hope it doesn’t go the other way, but it ought to be a good one.”
Both teams have matches Tuesday, and both are expected to win. If that holds true and Riverbend defeats the Patriots on Wednesday, the Bears will earn their first Commonwealth title and end an era of Albemarle dominance.
A Patriots victory would mean a tiebreaker later this week at a neutral site.
The Battlefield District race could come down to a similar scenario.
Eastern View (12–1, 9–1 Battlefield) and James Monroe have split two meetings this season.
The Cyclones have four matches remaining, and coach Mark Rexrode is hoping they win them all so they can force a tiebreaker game with the Yellow Jackets, who also have one district defeat.
“We have to take care of business these next four matches or that playoff with JM will never happen,” said Rexrode, a first-year coach. “Our goal is to play them again.”
Rexrode said the Yellow Jackets, who perennially compete for the district title, were a bit stunned when Eastern View beat them 6–3 on their home court earlier this season.
But Rexrode expected a solid year despite having no seniors.
“To have this caliber of a team and to get them all back next year,” Rexrode said, “is definitely a luxury.”
—Taft Coghill Jr.
Colonial Forge 9–5
North Stafford 7–9
Mountain View 3–11
Brooke Point 0–15
Eastern View 9–1
James Monroe 8–1
King George 1–8
Colonial Forge 11–3
Mountain View 8–5
Brooke Point 5–10
North Stafford 1–15
James Monroe 10–0
Eastern View 7–2
King George 1–8