Gotkowski had already won the first set handily and was leading in the second set, when Blessed Trinity built its 3-0 lead and had formally defeated the Canes Thursday at Dellinger Park in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
“Protocol calls for the match to end once a team reaches three wins,” coach Melissa Moore said. “Fortunately, the Blessed Trinity coach was kind enough to let those still on the court keep playing.”
Still playing were Gotkowski and the doubles team of Tyler Hill and Mathew Scott. Having already lost their matches were Drew Adsit, Nathan Slocum and the doubles team of Wyndham Laye and Avery Andrews. Hill and Scott had lost their first set when play was halted. Only 45 minutes was needed for Blessed Trinity to win three straight.
“Being that is was my last match, it was nice to end my career [at Cartersville] with a win instead of stopping in mid-set,” said Gotkowski, the No. 1 singles player who vanquished his opponent 6-1, 6-3. “Being a senior, I’d hope we would go further in the [state] playoffs. But, having only eight players, this is a team that overachieved throughout the season. For me, it’s time to start preparing for college and the next four years of my tennis career.”
During the four years Gotkowski spent playing varsity tennis at Cartersville, he lost only two matches. Both coming when he was just a freshman.
“You can’t replace a Trevor Gotkowski,” Moore said. “He was such an asset to our team. He was a great player, as well as a great teammate. All you can do is look for [tennis] players who possess his tenacity and drive.”
This year’s boys team went 15-2 during the regular season, won the Region 5-AAA championship and defeated Hart County Tuesday in the first round of the state playoffs.
“This team passed all expectations,” Moore said. “They should be proud of what they accomplished this season.”
Once his high school career ended on a sunshine-filled Thursday afternoon, Gotkowski immediately turned his attention to his next goal ... playing No. 1 singles for Wofford College starting this fall.
“I’m going to start playing men’s open tournaments, and work on all aspects of my game,” he said.
Darian DeFrench, the Lady Canes’ No. 1 singles player will be doing the same during the offseason, but for a much different reason.
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