NATCHEZ, MS. —Duncan Park in Natchez, MS, served as the host facility for the MAIS South A Tennis Tournament. The two-day event, held last week, featured ten schools and ninety-eight players competing in nine divisions of play.
The Glenbrook Apaches entered seven of the divisions, and a player or players reached the semi-finals in five of the events. "I am so very pleased with the results of our play. We seemed to exhibit the skills that we have developed and the strategies to earn points. The confidence of the students grew with each round of play. Ending the season in manner bodes well for the next season. We will then be able to build from his foundation, " noted coach Wayne Orr. "Our girls' team earned three points and our boys' team earned one point. The girls carried our team in the tournament."
Girls' Singles - In the quarterfinals, Amelia Christy lost to Lindy Carroll of Franklin Academy 7-6, 6-1. In the No. 2 singles, Lexie Martin defeated Hannah Hartley of Chamberlain Hunt 6-2, 6-1.
In the semifinals, Martin was defeated Jamie Lewis of WCCA 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. "Lexie used an effective serve and several down-the-line forehands to win the first set. In the second set, the heat and the trop in concentration led to her loss. The third set was a case of nerves, unforced errors, and the heat. The futures for these two girls will enable our team to be very competitive," stated Orr.
Girls' Doubles - "Wow! The upsets began in the first round. Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine were matched with the No. 1 seed. "We won the first set in a tie break; we relaxed too much in the second set and our play was just not competitive; our opponents showed why they were the top seed. The tie break to decide the match was all even through 14 points. A team must earn 10 points and be ahead by two points. At 10 points each, we held sever for an 11-10 lead. After several exchanges of ground strokes our opponents (Malori Lansing and Melaine Nettervielle of Tensas Academy) netted a backhand; we had won! There was joy in Apacheland!" The semifinals brought the third seeded team of Brittany Whittington and Nikki Erwin of Franklin Academy. "We lost the first set 6-3, to the second set victory 6-1. The third set began with unforced errors; the fatigue and the heat of the day and the effectiveness of the opponents' shot selection resulted in a third set loss 6-1. Joy still lingered; the smiles remained."
Boys' Singles - Noah Woodard, the No. 2 seed, faced Corey Lovette of Park Place, winning 6-0, 6-0. "This was a match in which Noah could calm his nerves and could play with confidence." In the semifinals, Woodard faced the No. 3 seed, Max Clark of Riverfield Academy. During the regular season they had played twice, each winning once. "Noah started slowly and was continually having to come from behind to even the set. During the tie break, unforced errors and several rushed shots led to defeat. The second set was determined by a service break. Noah dropped the set 6-3. I am pleased with Noah's progress this year as a singles' player. His upcoming senior season will be built on the strategies gained. He will perform well," commented Orr.
Boys' Doubles- The team of Graham Lemoine and Parker Christy faced the No. 1 seeds in the first round—Rush Capdepon and Farrel Keahey of Tensas Academy. "The first set was completed rather quickly as we lost 6-0; the second set began with a degree of relaxation and a game for us. However, the remained of the set allowed our opponents to take advantage of net play, unforced errors, and put-away shots. Graham and Parker have improved through the season and will continue to develop their game skills." stated Orr.
Mixed Doubles - The team of Catherine Willis and Quinton Martin drew a Bye in the first round and did not play until mid-afternoon. As the No. 2 seeded team, they were in the half with the No. 3 seeded team—Lauchlyn Emfinger and Cole Mills of Riverfield Academy. The teams met twice during the regular season, each winning once. In the semifinals, Willis and Martin lost 6-1, 7-5.
Girls' Doubles - Playing the No. 2 doubles, the team of Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert defeated Lauren Hester and Victoria Nielson of Park Place 6-0, 6-0. In the semifinals, Cone and Gilbert were defeated by the No. 2 seeded team—Ann Marie Post and Savannah Gaumnitz (Tallulah) 6-3, 6-0. "Our girls certainly competed well in the tournament; the future season should be fielded with skilled individuals," added Orr.