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UC guys, OC gals are still better off

UC guys, OC gals are still better off
UC guys, OC gals are still better off

Obion Central’s Carson Castellaw reaches up for a return while teammate D.J. Higgins watches during Tuesday tennis action.
Though Tuesday’s outcomes weren’t what local fans wanted, the future seems brighter for both of the local tennis programs.
Union City sophomore Anna Moore, making her second straight appearance in the District 14A-AA Tournament semifinals, was eliminated a win short of a regional tourney berth via a straight set loss to Covington’s Rhett Watson (6-0, 6-4).
Meanwhile, the Obion Central boys’ duo of Carson Castellaw and D.J. Higgins fell (6-2, 6-1) to Haywood’s Eric Sellari and Taylor Dedmon in the 14A-AA semis. Castellaw and Higgins are the first tennis players to advance to the semifinals of the district tourney under the watch of third-year Rebel tennis coach Sarah Frazier.
“These two guys worked really hard and it paid off for them,” Frazier said. “I hope we can build on this as the years go by and get a littler farther next year than we did this year.”
Twister head coach Jason Deem is also confident that Moore’s semifinal experience of the past two years will help to set the table for a feast in 2011 and 2012.
“Anna has shown her perseverance and will to win in just getting here again this year,” Deem said on Tuesday. “If we can get her to instill those qualities in her teammates as they look to her as a leader next year, we’ll be in good shape and have a team of better tennis players.”
Moore, who has taken tennis lessons in both Jackson and Paducah since the conclusion of her freshman campaign, was blanked 6-0 in the first set and many may have believed that Watson was to have a cakewalk to the district championship round.
However, the Lady Twister No. 2 seed battled back, exhausting her Covington opposition in a much closer second set.
Whether Moore’s spirited comeback was partly to blame or not, Watson fell in the district title match on Tuesday to Westview’s Chloe Nance.
On the boys’ side, the Rebels were down 3-1 in the first set before the Haywood duo sealed the deal in the first set with a 3-0 run.
Then, the Tomcat tandem claimed the second set to earn a berth in the district finals. In that title match, Sellari and Dedmon fell to Covington’s William Eaves and David McCullough.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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