Grayson new queen in Region 8

Grayson's Courtney Williams returns the ball during her match against Brookwood's Leah Pridgeon during the Region 8-AAAAA tournament Thursday.

Grayson's Courtney Williams returns the ball during her match against Brookwood's Leah Pridgeon during the Region 8-AAAAA tournament Thursday.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Sharon Kim's only loss this season was to Brookwood's Gabby Griffith in a third-set tiebreaker.

Kim faced Griffith again on Thursday at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in the Region 8-AAAAA championship and got sweet revenge.

The sophomore won a grueling No. 3 singles match and then the Rams' No. 2 doubles team followed with a victory to lift Grayson to a 3-2 win over Brookwood. It's the first Region 8-AAAAA title for the Rams and ends a six-year run for the Broncos.

"It's fun when you're the underdog and you win," Grayson coach Scott Wiley said. "We're undefeated this year, but Brookwood is the perennial powerhouse. We had it in our mind to complete a perfect season."

While the Brookwood girls' run ended, the Bronco boys kept their streak alive, beating Parkview 3-0 for the region crown. It was the sixth straight year the two teams have met in the finals, with Brookwood winning the last four region titles.

"This year we've been more dominant than in years past," Brookwood coach Heath Hinton said. "We've just had a great year."

Mark Guentert moved up from No. 3 singles to No. 2 for Randy Phillips, who was playing in a tournament in Jamaica, and won 6-1, 6-0 to get the Broncos' first point.

"That was a big momentum boost," Hinton said.

The No. 1 doubles team of Matt Shemanski and Chris Eastwood won 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and Grayson Mills followed at No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory to seal the win.

"It feels great to win it a fourth year in a row and win another title," said Mills, who will play for Presbyterian College next year. "We were hoping to bring it back home again."

Brookwood improved to 19-0 on the season and has only lost three individual matches all season, while Parkview is now 14-7.

"I think we had a better attitude going into it, but the result was the same," Parkview coach Craig McKenzie said. "They are always strong. They showed it today."

The Brookwood girls jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Leah Pridgeon winning at No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-1 and the No. 1 doubles team of Molly McClintock and Keelie Denson winning 6-4, 6-3.

Alex Clay won a tough match at No. 1 singles over Jordan Johnston 7-6, 6-4 to get things going for Grayson.

Kim took a 6-4 win in the first set and then lost 6-1 to force a third an decisive set.

"I think I got a little cocky to be honest," Kim admitted of the disastrous second set.

Kim rebounded with a 6-4 win in the decisive third set and the No. 2 doubles team of Alexis Lee and Kristi Cheesman followed with 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 victory to clinch the region title.

"I think in my mind I didn't want to be over confident," Wiley said. "About the time our No. 3 singles won, we seemed to be in good position."

Grayson improved to 18-0 with its first Region 8 title, while Brookwood is now 17-3 on the season.

"I think the girls played great and I'm extremely proud of them," Brookwood coach Nikki Cowart said. "I thought it would be a tight match."