The Glenbrook tennis team swept a pair of matches from Riverfield last week to end their season undefeated with a 7-0 record overall and 4-0 in district.
"During the past seasons we have had individuals who were district winners, but this is the first time in several years that we have claimed the team title," Glenbrook tennis coach Wayne Orr said. "I am so very pleased for our two senior boys who have been that solidifying factor in each of our contests. Their years of dedication to the program end on a high note. They are the No. 2 seed in the South A Tournament that begins next week in Natchez, MS. In doubles play, they are undefeated and are seeded behind the reigning South A Champions."
Girls' Singles - Amelia Christy, the No. 1 seed for the South A Tournament, defeated Sophi Heath, a district rival and the No. 2 seed for the South A Tournament, by scores of 7-5, 6-3. Catherine Willis, the No. 2 seed in the girls' No. 2 bracket, recovered from her only loss this season, to defeat the No. 1 seed in the South Tournament , Alexa Roberts by scores of 7-5, 4-6, 1-0.
"Wow! A seventh-grader and a freshman, these two young ladies will provide strong leadership for the Lady Apaches," Orr said. "They are athletic, energetic, and aggressive in their play. The best is yet to be."
Boys' Doubles - Noah Woodard and Quinton Martin used well-placed first serves, penetrating ground strokes, and some crafty net play to defeat Nathan Barham and Turner Bridges 6-0, 6-0.
"Confidence in one's skill level, another year of maturation, and familiarty with one's partner have been the keys in their success," Orr said.
At the No. 2 doubles, Johnny Law Flournoy and John Curtis Brown played our opponents' number one singles' girl, who partnered with one half of their number one doubles team.
Mixed Doubles - Lexie Martin and Graham Lemoine teamed for a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Caroline Mills and Caleb Clark. "Being more aggressive with shot selection, being more confident with each other, and being more communicative during the matches have benefited them," noted Orr.
Girls' Doubles - Playing the No. 2 position, the duo of Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert defeated Elizabeth Durbin and Kylie Mills 6-2, 6-7, 1-0.
"The second consecutive win at this position was thrilling as well as closely-contested," Orr said. "The second set tie break slipped away as unforced errors crept into our shot selection."
At the No. 1 position, the team of Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine were defeated by Madeline Thomas and Leslie Sharbono by scores of 6-4, 6-3.
"We are being more aggressive and are putting pressure on our opponents, perhaps reaching our potential at an opportune time," Orr said.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday the Apache netters traveled to Rayville for a dual district match with the Raiders, claiming a 6-3 victory
Noah Woodard led the team with two points in singles and in doubles (with Quinton Martin), and Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert claimed their first win of the season in girls' doubles No. 2.
Girls' Singles - The top two singles players in the South A are from the local district. The match-up was closely-contested as well as mentally and physically challenging. Amelia Christy endured in claiming the 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Sophie Heath.
"This was a match that was determined by a service break in each set. Amelia became somewhat more aggressive with her shot selection in the second set," noted Orr.
Catherine Willis suffered her first loss of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 score by Alexa Roberts. "Not playing the effect of the wind and her exhibiting a degree of anxiety contributed to her loss. Points did not come easily for either player," added Orr.
Boys' Singles - Noah Woodard bested Max Clark by scores of 6-1, 6-1. Quinton Martin was defeated by Jason Livingston 6-1, 6-4.
"These two boys have been the "heart" of our team, playing singles and doubles. Their skills and experience have been the determining factors in a number of our matches. We will miss their significant contributions," added Orr.
Boys' Doubles - Woodard and Martin defeated Nathan Barham and Turner Bridges 6-1, 6-1.
"We put pressure on our opponents and took advantage of their unforced errors," noted Orr.
Mixed Doubles - The team of Lexie Martin and Graham Lemoine defeated Caroline Mills and Caleb Clark 6-2, 6-0.
"After a lackluster first set, we increased the pace of the match enabling our shot selection to be more penetrating as well as error producing. We played well; I was pleased with the progress of Lexie and Graham as a team," commented Orr.
Girls' Doubles - At the No. 2 position, Bridget Cone and Abigail defeated Elizabeth Durbin and Kylie Mills 6-3, 6-1. The No. 1 duo of Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine were defeated by Madeline Thomas and Leslie Sharbono 6-1, 7-5.
"Joy in Apacheland reigned with a first win. Bridget and Abigail returned serve well, kept their opponents on the defensive, and took advantage of their opponents' unforced errors," stated Orr.