Tiger tennis off to another fast start

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Marshall County High School tennis team is off to another great start this season, winning their first two matches in easy fashion.

On Monday at the Lewisburg Recreation Center, MCHS won the season opener with the girls pitching a shutout over the Lady Lions 7-0 and the boys squad taking out Spring Hill 5-2.

Tiger head coach Dickie Adkins' squad returned to the hard courts Tuesday, making the long bus trip up the mountain to Van Buren and came away with the same results.

The tradition of MCHS tennis is a storied one and sometimes overlooked in the county. Marshall County tennis has had a qualifier in one sector of either the boys or girls state tournament every year since 2002.

The doubles team of Tori Richardson and Lyssa Wiles captured the school's first state tennis title in 2007 in an unforgettable run that culminated with a thrilling 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win over Ellen Ross and Julianne McMeen of Davis Lipscomb.

The appearance in that event marked Richardson's fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament, which remains a school record.

After Richardson's graduation last year, Wiles teamed up with 2007 state tournament singles participant Jenna Branaman and the two continued the incredible run when they qualified for the state tourney.

Unfortunately, Lipscomb got some measure of revenge from the previous year when Ross teamed up with Brooke Simmons to upset Wiles/Branaman 6-1, 6-2 in the first round.

Wiles and Branaman have re-focused their efforts and are once again the favorites to come out of Region 6 in doubles.

Wiles can match Richardson's school record of four consecutive appearances this season with a trip back to the Spring Fling.