NATCHEZ, MS. —The MAIS South A Tennis Tournament was recently held in Natchez, MS. Ninety-Eight participants, representing ten schools, competed in the two-day event.
Winning the team championships were Chamberlain-Hunt Academy (Port Gibson) in the boys' division and Franklin Academy (Winnsboro) in the girls' division.
The local Apache netters were the runner-up in the girls' division with eight points, one point behind Franklin's nine points.
"We won the singles' division, and Franklin won the doubles' divisions. Their additional point was earned in mixed doubles. Ia m so very pleased with the play of our girls. During the regular season we were competitive, but simply could not seem to close matches with wins. However, that level of competition brought out measures of play that had not been exhibited before. Joy reigned in Apacheland." noted coach Wayne Orr.
Girls' Singles No. 1 - Amelia Christy, seeded first, defeated Summer McDaniel (Tensas) 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, defeated Emily Ables (Veritas) 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals, and defeated Jamie Lewis (WCCA) 6-2, 6-0 in the finals.
"Amelia, a seventh-grader, is a skilled player, displaying a calm, athletic demeanor on the court. She relied on a penetrating serve, deftly-placed crosscourt shots, and an unflappable attitude during her three wins," commented Orr.
Girls' Singles No. 2 - Catherine Willis, seeded second, methodically marched her way through the tournament.
Willis defeated the No. 1 seed, 6-1, and 7-5 and then in the semifinals, Willis defeated Chloe Wolleson (Franklin) 6-1, 6-2.
Girls' Doubles No. 1 - Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine defeated Trubett and Cogle (Park Place) 6-1, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Gilbert and Lemoine were matched with the No. 3 seeded tea of Thomas and Shanbono to whom they had lost to twice during the regular season, and prevailed with a 12-10 win, earning them a semifinal spot against the No. 1 seed. They lost to Guice and Ethridge (Franklin) 6-0, 6-3.
Girls' Doubles No. 2 - Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert drew the No. 1 seeded team of Erwin and Whittington (Franklin) in the first round and were defeated 6-0, 6-0.
Boys' Doubles No. 1 - Noah Woodard and Quinton Martin, seeded No. 2 defeated Pace and Castle (Newton) 6-0, 6-0. And then fell 7-6, 7-6. in the next round.
Mixed Doubles - Matched against the No. 2 seeded team, Lexie Martin and Graham Lemoine played their most competitive match of the season, before being defeated by scores of 7-5, 6-3 by Chaffin and Ivy (WCCA).
Boys' Doubles No. 2 - "The 'new kids on the block,' the team of Johnny Law Flournoy and John Curtis Brown (sixth graders), drew the No. 1 seeded team of Nicholas and Walker (WCCA) as a first round opponent, and fell 6-1, 6-3.
The Class A Tennis Tournament will be held in Jackson, MS, on Wednesday, May 8, at the Ridgeland Tennis Center. Amelia Christy and Catherine Willis will be competing in the semifinals against the winners of the North A Tournament. Team titles in both girls and boys will be awarded.