igh School head tennis coach Dickie Adkins told both squads, "This is good that these two teams are playing, someone new will be going to State."
Of course, he was hoping it was going to be the Tigerettes, but a talented Ezell-Harding squad foiled Lewisburg's chance for their first team tennis State tournament bid, winning 4-2.
"We set our goals at the beginning of the year, came a long way, but came up a little short today," Adkins told his disappointed squad after the match. "To come from not even winning the district last year to sub-State is a great accomplishment and a valuable experience.
"I am very proud of the effort everyone gave. You all tried really, really hard."
The Tigerettes got down early in many of the key matches and had long roads to travel to mount comebacks, eventually falling behind, 3-1.
Number one-seeded Rachel Wolfe ran into a buzz saw, facing the quick and hard-striking freshman Melynda Simmons. Simmons won the first set 6-2, but Wolfe put up a nice challenge in the second set before falling 6-4. Pickup a copy of today's edition, May 21, 2008 for photos and full coverage.