BROOKHAVEN, MS.—The district champions and the district runners-up in each of the nine divisions of play competed in the South AA Tennis Tournament on Thursday, April 28, in Brookhaven, MS.
Seven Apache netters represented District 6-AA, joining the seventy-seven other competitors from Districts 4-AA, 4-AA, and 6-AA. Each of the Apaches fell in the semifinal round of the tournament.
"The end of an athletic season brings a degree of sadness, especially for the senior members," Glenbrook coach Wayne Orr said. "Our seven seniors have brought much success to our program. I shall miss their dedication to the program. Of course, this is a point in the 'life' of each high school athlete; we will continue with our younger players who will build the program and will continue the success we have enjoyed through the years of existence."
Matthew Moorehead received a bye and then faced Will Hickman (Brookhaven), who had defeated T. Skinner (WCCA) 6-0, 6-0. Hickman defeated Moorehead 7-5, 6-3.
"This was an outstanding match between the two best players in the tournament and who are the defending Class AA champion and the runner-up," said Orr. "Matt has carried our program for seven years and fought with determination to represent himself and his district. Because of the bracket line-up, one of them was to be unable to compete in the Class AA Tournament; unfortunately, the one was Matt. Each of them broke the other's serve several times, but the decisive margin of the first set was determined by Matt's inability to hold his own serve. The trend continued at the beginning of the second set before Matt evened the score at 2-2. Will broke serve twice more in earning the straight-set win. I am so proud of Matt; his skill, maturity, shot selection, and desire to win were evident."
Noah Woodard and Quinton Martin received a bye and then faced Dudley Lampton and Myles Melancon (Brookhaven), who defeated the Apaches 6-0, 6-0.
"Noah and Quinton experience a few moments of success, but they were unable to put pressure on their opponents," Orr said. "Noah served well at times, and Quinton made several defensive plays to continue points.
Both of them are sophomores; they will be relied upon to carry the program for the next two years. Their leadership will be a vital component in the encouragement of our younger players."
Laura Payne and Matthew Tucker received a Bye and then faced Terah Winborne and Jake Shelby (Brookhaven), who defeated the Apaches 6-0, 6-0.
"Laura and Matthew were unable to consistently return serve and to claim points consecutively to earn games," Orr said. "Jake used penetrating, underpin ground strokes to keep us off balance. Terah's serve, along with her ability to retrieve shots, forced errors by us."
McKenzie Wren and Savannah Brown defeated Jordan Welch and Laken Drennan (Columbia) by scores of 6-0, 6-0." In the semifinals, Wren and Brown were defeated 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 by Walker and Fletcher (WCCA).
"The determination that was displayed in the first round and in the first set of the semis gave us hope of advancement, but quickly disappeared," Orr said. "After splitting sets and a short rest, McKenzie and Savannah just could not regain that form that had brought wins. Hope for a victory fades, but not without resistance."
"These five seniors, along with Molly Turner and Morgan Wren, have thoroughly enjoyed the program and have contributed much to the success we have achieved. I am pleased that I have been part of their athletic careers as well as part of their personal lives. We will miss one another, but the memories will remain after graduation," commented Orr.