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Lady Jacket netters breeze to first region title

Lady Jacket netters breeze to first region title
Lady Jacket netters breeze to first region title | Greenfield tennis, Region 7 A-AA, Mallory Robinson, Meagan Porter, Katie McCall, Haley Perkins, Emily Allen, Hannah Mosely

Region champs — Greenfield tennis captured the first region title in program history with a 4-0 win over Haywood County. The Region 7 A-AA champs are (from left) Mallory Robinson, Meagan Porter, Katie McCall, Haley Perkins, Emily Allen and Hannah Mosely
One more win — that’s what the Lady Yellowjackets tennis team needs to advance to Spring Fling for the first time ever after their victory over Haywood in the Region 7 A-AA Tournament on Tuesday.
Greenfield High School’s undefeated girl’s tennis team traveled to Brownsville to play Haywood High School for the region tennis championship. The match was originally scheduled for Monday, but rain forced the two teams to reschedule. Tuesday, the weather was warm, muggy, and cloudy, but not raining.
The Lady Jackets, the District 13 A-AA champs, must have liked the weather because they played some of their best tennis of the season as they rolled over District 14 A-AA champ Haywood, 4-0. In the postseason, as soon as a team wins four out of the seven available points, all matches in progress cease and the match is over.
“We did a great job of staying focused on the match from start to end. After losing to USJ the past two regional title matches, our girls really hoped to win this one. When we finally got the matches started, all our girls seemed ready to play,” GHS tennis coach Teresa McCall said.
Lady Jackets Katie McCall, Mallory Robinson, Meagan Porter and Emily Allen all defeated their Haywood opponents giving Greenfield the four points needed to clinch the first region team tennis championship in Lady Jackets history. Greenfield had reached the 2008 and 2009 region title matches, but lost to perennial power University School of Jackson both times.
Next week, the Region 7 A-AA champion Lady Jackets will play the winner of Region 8 A-AA in a sectional match-up with the winner advancing to Spring Fling in Murfreesboro later this month.
The fifth Lady Jacket singles player, Haley Perkins, had won the first set in her match and was in the middle of the second set when the fourth team point was clinched, so her match was cut short. Likewise, no doubles matches were played because they were not needed to determine the overall outcome.
“A huge statistic in tennis is unforced errors, and we didn’t have very many of those today. That always helps the final result,” Lady Jacket tennis coach Bill McCall noted. “The girls have worked hard to make it this far into the postseason and we are really proud of them and all they have accomplished this season.”
Match results from the region championship included Greenfield’s No. 1 singles player blanking Lindsay Yoder, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Lady Jacket Mallory Robinson cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Harley Baggett. At No. 4, GHS senior Meagan Porter downed M.J. Jameson, 6-2, 6-1. At No. 5 singles, Emily Allen stopped Haywood’s Madison Eubanks, 6-2, 6-0.
In a match halted before it was completed, Greenfield’s No. 3 player Haley Perkins was leading Alex Primrose, 6-2, 2-3.

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