Tiger tennis sweeps regular season crowns

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Marshall County High School tennis teams capped off an unbelievable regular season this week, capturing both the boys and girls team titles.

On Monday at MTCS the boys team won the regular season crown with a 4-3 comeback win over the Cougars.

The Tigers lost three out of the five singles matches to fall into the 3-2 hole before roaring back in an unforgettable doubles sweep to snatch the title out from under the Cougars.

The two singles winners were freshman Justin Killian, who garnered an all important point, scoring a 6-1, 6-1 win over Haley while teammate Eric Lewis gutted out a tough 7-5, 6-2 win over Kahler.

Connor Kennedy lost in a long battle 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to Coats and Drew Killian fell to Mankin 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 in a marathon match.

Josh Lewis battled back from 4-1 down in the first set to win 6-4, before losing set number two 6-4, and eventually the match in a 7-6 tiebreaker.

The doubles team of Kennedy and Drew Killian got their revenge from the singles losses, teaming up for an 8-3 thrashing over Coats/Mankin, tying the series at four apiece and sending the fate of the Tiger team into the hands of the Lewis brothers doubles duo.

MTCS's Coats and Haley were no match for Josh and Eric Lewis who completed the Tiger comeback victory with another big 8-3 win.

During the regular season, the undefeated MTCS team had beaten the Tigers twice by the 4-3 score that did them in Monday.

Tiger head coach Dickie Adkins said in an interview, "In my twenty years of coaching this match will go down as one of the hardest fought matches involving Marshall County tennis."

Adkins added, "That was the best we have played all year. If you are going to peak as a team, this is the time to do it."

Tigerettes sweep away Lady Cougars for crown

On Tuesday at the Rec center in Lewisburg, the Marshall girls put the cherry on top of a dominating season, sweeping the Lady Cougars 6-0 in singles to take the title.

Leading the way for the Tigerettes were the senior trio of Rachel Wolfe, Jenna Branaman, and Lyssa Wiles who capped off an undefeated mark in district play for the year.

Wiles made easy work of Brittany Reid, finishing her match in a quick, double bagel 6-0, 6-0 win.

Sophomore Kelsi Richardson put the second point on the board for the Tigerettes, scoring a clean 6-1, 6-1 win over Megan Crowell.

Jenna Branaman was down 0-1 in the first set of her match with Megan Hinton before breaking back with six straight game wins to take the set 6-1. Branaman would go on to win the second set by the identical 6-1 margin for the third point of the event, putting Marshall County just one point away from the title.

Marshall County's number one seed Rachel Wolfe was in position to secure the crown, but was in a mighty tussle with Katie Hinton, who was not going to go down easy.

Wolfe won the first set easily at 6-1, but trailed 3-2 in the second set before coming back to win two games for a 4-3 lead. Hinton made her comeback, winning two consecutive games to tie at 5-5. Wolfe went up 6-5, but Hinton scratched her way to a 6-6 tie, sending the match into a tiebreaker.

Wolfe took control of the tiebreaker early and went on to win 7-4 to give the Tigerettes the regular season title.

Allison Adcock finished off Jenny Hardy just seconds after the Wolfe match was done, beating Hardy 6-1, 6-2.

Sarah Tietgens made it 6-0 with an 8-3 win over Christine Hibmus.

Adkins said after the girls win, "At the beginning of the season we all sat down to go over our goals for the season and to a girl, they all decided that they wanted to win the team title more that any other individual title.'

"I think we are a deeper team now that the one that we took to the sectionals last year," said Adkins. "If we continue to play the type of tennis we are capable of playing, we can do something special."

The District 11 A/AA individual tournament begins Friday at Old Fort in Murfreesboro.

The District 11 A/AA and Region 6 A/AA team tournaments will be held at Marshall County. Dates of the tournaments where not available at press time.