The Panther boys swept through the singles matches with Robert Caldwell defeating Michael Jessie 6-1, Jared Asher pulling off a 6-2 win over Austin Neely, Jon Slaven downing Dylan Hoskins 6-0 and Darcy Tabotabo beating Tyler Bussell by that same score. Tyler Compton beat John Bull 6-1 and Brandon Head also was a 6-1 winner over Zach Givens.
In doubles’ play Claiborne’s Jessie and Neely salvaged the Bulldogs’ lone win in the longest match of the evening. They outlasted Caldwell and Asher 6-6 (8-7) in a tie-breaker.
Cumberland Gap’s Slaven and Tabotabo cruised to a 6-0 win over Hoskins and Bussell while Compton and Micah Wade teamed up for a 6-2 victory over Givens and Bull.
In girls’s play, the Lady Panthers reached the five wins needed for victory.
Senior Kayla Lewis was a 6-3 winner over Lindsey Jones at number one singles, Andrea Bisceglia pulled out a 6-4 win over Meghan Treece and Emily Daniels got past Brittany McLain 6-4.
The remaining singles matches went the Lady Bulldogs’ way as Sarah Bishop topped Brook Fuson 6-2, Amber Gridner beat Kelly Taylor 6-1 and Haley Bolden got past Morgan Billingsley 6-1.
In doubles it was Lewis and Bisceglia pulling off a 6-4 win over Jones and Treece while Daniels and Fuson got past McLain and Bishop 6-3.
That gave the Lady Panthers the five wins they needed for victory with Hannah Hatmaker and Kierstyn Carmical’s match against Gridner and Bolden still going.