UC netters down to own final 4

UC netters down to own final 4
UC netters down to own final 4

Union City senior Brett White watches a return during the District 14A-AA semifinals Monday afternoon at UT Martin.
And then there were four.
A quartet of Union City tennis competitors will — at the very least — advance to the regional tournament after Monday’s semifinal action in the District 14A-AA Tournament.
Today’s slate has the district finals beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the UTM campus with Lady Twister Caroline Kirkland taking on the league’s top seed Katie McCall of Greenfield.
Meanwhile, top overall Twister and boys’ seed Ben Woods takes on Milan’s Brandon Dowdy for the district’s singles crown.
In doubles action today, Union City seniors Sara Gilliam and Rachel Triplett take on the combination of Molly Herman and Cameron Tipton from Dyersburg for the girls’ doubles championship.
The finals berth is not a first for Triplett. A year ago, she was part of the league’s runner-up duo with then-teammate Sarah Reese.
The 14A-AA district champion in each division will face the Region 7A-AA runner-up next week at UTM in the regional tournament with the 14A runner-up against the other league’s top player or duo.
Triplett and Gilliam were on the verge of elimination after one set Monday. The Lady Twister tandem fell 6-4 to Greenfield’s Summer Hoke and Melissa McCartney before rallying to take the final two sets (6-2, 6-3) and cement at least two more matches for the seniors.
Woods, on the other hand, felt little resistance in his march to a second consecutive finals berth.
The UC netter, who doubles as a starter for the baseball squad, shellacked Milan’s Micah Watson in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Greenfield’s Mallory Robinson gave Kirkland a bit of trouble in the second set (7-5) before ultimately bowing out. Earlier in the afternoon, Kirkland won the first set with ease 6-1.
Last year, Kirkland was also a part of the district finals, though, it was in the doubles division with her cousin Caitlin.
Union City’s only casualty of the afternoon Monday was the duo of Dylan Chapman and Brett White.
White, a senior, played his final match in a straight set loss (6-0, 6-1) to Dyersburg’s Tallon Scott and Blake Hilgenkamp.

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