|Lady Jackets punch first-ever ticket to Spring Fling; Westview’s Nance eliminated |
|Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 3:20 pm |
In only the fifth season of the program’s existence, the Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets tennis team will have representatives playing for state championships in the TSSAA Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.
Boro Bound — Greenfield’s tennis team will be represented at Spring Fling in Murfreesboro by (from left) coach Bill McCall; region doubles champs Meagan Porter and Mallory Robinson; region singles champ Katie McCall; and coach Teresa McCall.
Lady Jacket senior Katie McCall won her first region crown, while classmates Mallory Robinson and Meagan Porter combined to win the doubles title. With their victories comes coveted trips to the state tournament. The individual singles and doubles tournaments will begin on May 27.
“It’s a great day. A great day for Greenfield,” GHS tennis coach Bill McCall said after the wins.
Unfortunately, one more Weakley Countian will not be packing for Spring Fling. Westview sophomore Chloe Nance pushed Murray State signee Kristen Garcia from Milan before falling 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in their semifinal.
“She has lots and lots of heart. She’s been playing above her level. She’s playing seniors as a sophomore,” first-year WHS tennis coach Chad Johnson said. “I’m as proud as can be for her. She never quits.”
While Garcia was struggling to eliminate Nance, McCall cruised in her semifinal, winning 6-0, 6-0, over Covington’s Rhett Watson.
In the final against Garcia, McCall, a UT Martin signee, came out with fire in her eyes, winning the first five games in taking the first set 6-2 before blanking her 6-0 in the second set to take the title.
In doubles, Robinson and Porter teamed up to blast past Peabody’s Lea Prestininzi and Hallie Norman, 6-0, 6-1, in the semifinals.
In the region final against Covington’s Rachel Nance and Libby Long, the Lady Jackets repeatedly smashed winners from both the baseline and at the net. Porter and Robinson sooner than later advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 victory.
“This is a super big day for our program. They started as eighth-graders learning how to play. It’s really nice to have them come up winners as seniors. They still haven’t lost a match this season,” McCall said.
The entire Greenfield tennis team still has a chance to advance to Spring Fling and will compete on Thursday in the Sectional round. The Lady Jackets, the Region 7 A-AA champs, will take on the Region 8 A-AA champion Trinity Christian Lady Lions at 3:30 Thursday afternoon at North Park in Jackson.