MCHS doubles the fun for Spring Fling
The Marshall County High School tennis program took another giant step at the Region 6A-AA Tournament at Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro on Tuesday adding some more success to their already storied history as both doubles' teams punched a ticket to next week's Spring Fling.
"It's awesome," said MCHS head coach Dickie Adkins. "I knew we had the talent to do it. We faced two really good teams in the finals and we came to play today."
In the first round, the Tigers' powerful team of Connor Kennedy and Justin Killian easily beat Brett Bassham and Logan Till from namesake Mt. Pleasant (6-0, 6-1), while just across the way, the experienced Tigerette duo of Kelsi Richardson and Allison Adcock had a little hiccup midway through the second set before disposing of Abigail Wolfe and Catherine Wolfe in two sets (6-3, 6-2).
In the afternoon round, Richardson and Adcock took on a familiar duo from Page in Megan and Katie Hinton and went up 4-2 in the first set before the Lady Patriot sisters came back to tie the set at 4-4.
Page had the serve, but the Tigerettes broke back and then took the first set 6-4 to move one set closer to a trip to the state tournament.
Marshall County took an early 2-0 lead in set number two before the Hinton sisters came back to tie at 2-2 and from there it was close the remainder of the match until Richardson and Adcock broke Page for a 5-4 lead and then served for the match and prevailed 6-4 in the final set.
"We were more focused this time, we have seen them three times and we are tired of seeing them," said Richardson and Adcock. "Allison has been to state, but I have never, so I am very excited. Plus, we are both seniors and that is very cool."
On the boy's side, the senior Kennedy and junior Killian rolled to an easy (6-1, 6-2) win over MTCS's Daniel Neely and Mark Claiborne.
The Tiger duo overpowered the Cougars from the outset with high-paced serves and a dominating presence at the net that would not allow MTCS to get any passing shots in the alleys.
Adkins said, "That was the most focused I saw Connor and Justin all year and it is the time you got to have it. Kelsey and Allison were very determined and it is hard to beat a team three times, but we did it."
The win by Kennedy/Killian marked the first time a boys' doubles team qualified for the state tournament since the 2004 and 2005 seasons when current assistant coach Matt Dyer teamed up with Antonio Cummings for consecutive trips.
"We have worked hard all year up for this moment and it feels awesome," said Killian. Kennedy added, "As the last Marshall County (MCHS) sport to be left it feels incredible to go to state, especially after last year."
"We were incredibly confident going into this day and we had the drive and knew we were going to win, no matter what," added Killian.
Richardson's older sister Tori and Lyssa Wiles won the school's first state tennis championship when they captured the doubles title in the 2006-2007 season over David Lipscomb.