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G’field netters fall in Spring Fling quarterfinals

G’field netters fall in Spring Fling quarterfinals
G’field netters fall in Spring Fling quarterfinals | Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets, Mallory Robinson, Meagan Porter, Spring Fling, Class A-AA State Tournament, tennis, Katie McCall, Teresa McCall

Ready at Net — Greenfield seniors Mallory Robinson (rear) and Meagan Porter were defeated 6-2, 6-3 in their Spring Fling Class A-AA State Tournament doubles quarterfinal match on Thursday. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
Playing among the elite in the state, the Greenfield Lady Yellowjackets saw their two final chances at a state title come to an end in the quarterfinal round of the Division I Class A-AA individual state tournament on Thursday afternoon in Murfreesboro.
Greenfield senior Katie McCall was defeated by Elizabethton’s Jessica Brumit, 6-2, 6-0 in individual singles action.
The Lady Jackets’ doubles team of Meagan Porter and Mallory Robinson had their championship dreams halted by the Summertown duo of Molly Tucker and Devon Jennings, 6-2, 6-3.
Greenfield tennis coach Teresa McCall said they had heard Brumit was a quality opponent during the Lady Jackets’ time competing in the team portion of the tournament on Tuesday.
“People told us she was really, really good,” the GHS coach recalled.
Playing under a blazing sun, Brumit lived up to her reputation, pushing Katie McCall, a University of Tennessee at Martin signee, to the brink and beyond. Brumit managed to apply an extreme amount of spin to her shots to keep McCall off balance.
“That’s the kind of stuff you don’t run into a whole lot except at this level,” Teresa McCall pointed out.
In the Greenfield doubles match, Robinson and Porter repeatedly sent games to deuce but could not win the deciding point against their Summertown foes.
The GHS senior duo showed their athleticism in extending many points.
“Lots of times, I thought that one’s a goner, but Mallory or Meagan would run it down,” Teresa McCall commented.
“It’s been a fun ride. When we first started out, nobody knew much about tennis. They’ve been learning ever since,” the GHS coach added about the experience of building the five-year-old program.
“Of the four seniors that are leaving (Katie McCall, Meagan Porter, Mallory Robinson and Haley Perkins), three of them started out playing on our team as eighth-graders. They stuck it out,” Teresa McCall commented. “Haley started as a sophomore, and Meagan played except when she hurt her knee her sophomore and junior seasons. They’ve all worked hard.”
McCall also had great praise for the GHS fans.
“I think we had the largest crowd on Tuesday. Their support has been wonderful. One person would get caught up in it and bring someone with them” McCall noted.