Its hard to say which they enjoyed more.
The Lady Wolves posted a 3-2 victory over Dalton to win the Region 7-AAAA tournament championship at Dalton High. The victory was sweet atonement for last seasons loss to Dalton in the finals.
The girls are very excited, as you can imagine, said Rome coach Velvet Ferrari. They wanted this one, especially after last year.
The Rome girls advanced to the finals by downing Murray County, 3-2, earlier in the day. Meanwhile, the Rome boys lost in the tournament finals to Murray County.
In the girls championship match, Rome dropped both doubles matches to Dalton, but earned the victory by sweeping singles.
The wins came from Heather Whitney (5-7, 6-0, 6-4) at No. 1; Christa Aaron (6-4, 7-5) at No. 2; and Gillis Rowston (6-2, 6-1) at No. 3.
Against Murray County, the Lady Wolves winners were: Whitney (6-2, 6-1) at No. 1; Aaron (6-0, 6-1) at No. 2; and the team of Sarah Maddox and Robyn Brass (5-7, 6-2, 6-4) at No. 2 doubles.
The Lady Wolves will be a No. 1 seed at the state tournament, although the dates and pairings for the tourney are not yet known, Ferrari said.
In the boys draw, the Wolves cruised to a 3-0 win over Dalton in the semifinals with senior Jamie Stenbruegge, Grayson Jones and Jerrian Clifton sweeping all three singles matches.
In the championship match, however, Murray County juggled its lineup against Rome, according to Wolves coach Joey Powers.
Steinbruegge, who finished his region career undefeated, and Jones cruised to straight-set 6-0, 6-0 wins in the No. 1 and 2 singles matches, respectively, against foes who have played lower in the lineup.
The Wolves will enter the Class AAAA state tournament next week as the regions No. 2 team, hosting the first round against the No. 3 team from Region 8-AAAA. Powers said that the match is tentatively set to be played Thursday, April 20