Greenfield, Westview netters win, advance to district semifinals

Greenfield, Westview netters win, advance to district semifinals
Greenfield, Westview netters win, advance to district semifinals | District 14 A-AA tennis, Max Gearin, Katie McCall, Westview, Greenfield, Martin, Tennessee

Advancing — Westview’s Max Gearin earned a berth in the District 14 A-AA semifinals with wins during the opening rounds of the tournament Saturday. File photo
Weakley County tennis players made their mark in the opening rounds of the District 14 A-AA Tennis Tournament on Saturday at Skyhawk Courts on the UT Martin campus. Both Greenfield and Westview had players advance to Monday’s semifinal matches.
Greenfield had two entries each in the singles and doubles. Katie McCall and Mallory Robinson, both with 13–0 singles records this season, represented Greenfield in the singles competition. McCall entered the tourney action seeded No. 1 and Robinson was seeded No. 3.
In boys singles, Westview’s Max Gearin entered the action as the top representative of the Chargers and the No. 2 boys seed overall.
The duos of Taren Hatcher and Hannah Rawls and Summer Hoke and Melissa McCartney were Greenfield’s two doubles entries. Hoke and McCartney were seeded at No. 3 after their strong showing throughout the regular season.
McCall and Robinson started strong in the tournament with both winning their two matches convincingly.
In her first match, McCall defeated Samantha Scott from the Obion County Central squad, 8–0, and followed that with an 8–0 win over Dyersburg’s Amber Moody. The dual wins advanced McCall into Monday’s semifinals.
Robinson started off with an 8–0 victory over Shannon Trout from Obion County and then defeated Shelley Epperson from Dyersburg, 8–1. Just like her GHS teammate McCall, Robinson moved on to compete in Monday’s semifinals.
In boys singles, Gearin, due to his high seed, had an opening round bye. When he did take the court, the Chargers’ top singles player wasted little time in earning a semifinal berth. Gearin won easily, 8-0, and advanced to the semifinals where he was to face unseeded Brandon Dowdy from Milan.
“Max did what he was supposed to do. He played his game and he played really well,” WHS tennis coach Ed Baker said.
In girls doubles, Lady Jackets Taren Hatcher and Hannah Rawls won their first match over Union City’s Harpole and Triplett, 8–3, but lost their second match to Akins and Watson of Milan, 8-5.
The other Lady Jacket team — Hoke and McCartney — beat Milan’s Stinson and Hernandez, 8–0, in their first match. The Greenfield duo also won its second match over Epperson and Gunn of Dyersburg, 8–2. Those wins put Hoke and McCartney in the semifinals where their opponents Monday were Triplett and Gilliam of Union City, the No. 2 seeded team.

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