Kilpatrick and Allen win 5A doubles title for BHS tennis

Published 11:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Brookhaven High tennis team members again showed they’re among the best in the MHSAA 5A ranks on Friday with a state title victory in Oxford at the MHSAA Individual Tennis Championships.

A year after winning a state championship in mixed doubles, Ole Brook freshman Caroline Kilpatrick brought home gold again, this time pairing with junior Lucy Allen to win the girls’ doubles championship over a team from Lafayette High.

It’s the second title in two years for the Allen household as Lucy’s older brother Sam won the 5A singles title last year as well.

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Kilpatrick and Allen were seeded No. 9 in the tourney and began play on Thursday by beating the No. 8 seeded team from West Jones in the morning. They moved on to the semifinals with a win Thursday afternoon against a Lafayette team that was the No. 1 seed in the bracket.

In the semifinals Friday morning, the BHS duo beat Long Beach in a match that had a second set tiebreaker and then went to a tie-breaking third set as well.

Lafayette won the first set of the title match by a 6-3 advantage before BHS came back to tie things up with a 6-1 win in the second set. Kilpatrick and Allen won the third set 10-3 to secure top spot on the podium.