First Colonial boys tennis falls to Cosby in region final; state tournament up next

VIRGINIA BEACH – Already having earned a berth in the state tournament, the First Colonial boy’s tennis team fell Thursday to Cosby in the 6A South Regional final.

The visiting Titans won 5-0 in straight sets over the Patriots, completing the shutout before singles were finished.

“That was the first time we were actually challenged to any degree,” First Colonial coach John Devoles said after the championship trophies were presented. “We got beat by a very good team today.”

With a lineup consisting of a freshman, three sophomores, a junior and a senior, the Patriots appeared to be the underdogs against a squad composed primarily of seniors.

Though unable to win a set, several were tight and could have gone either way. Experience, however, won the day as Cosby took points at the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 matchups. The No. 5 contest did not finish, though the Titan player led by one set and was leading the second when the match was called.

“That’s a very mature, established team,” Devoles said.

Though the result did not favor the Patriots, First Colonial still earned a spot in the four-team 6A State Championships by making it to the South Regional Finals. After a brief rest, First Colonial will play at the 6A North champion Tuesday. Match times and the opponent will be determined later.

“You’ve got to win every single point and you need to be focused on every single one, and I think the guys got that today rather than in the past,” Devoles said.

The First Colonial tennis team took the 6A South Region runner-up trophy. (Nick Cipolla for Southside Daily)
The First Colonial tennis team took the 6A South Region runner-up trophy. (Nick Cipolla for Southside Daily)

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