Many Twisters at top of draw; OC also in

Many Twisters at top of draw; OC also in
Three out of four ain’t bad.
That’s how many No. 1 seeds the Union City tennis team earned for the upcoming District 14A-AA Individuals Tournament after a meeting of the league’s coaches on Wednesday.
The event is slated to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the UT Martin tennis courts.
The play-in, first and quarterfinal rounds are scheduled for Saturday. Tennis players from Obion Central will also be taking part in the annual postseason tournament.
Semifinal action is set to begin on Monday at 4 p.m.
The championship matches for both the girls and boys will follow the semis.
The semifinal and championship matches will both be best two-out-three sets.
Saturday’s opening three rounds will be of the pro set nature with the victor being the first player to eight games.
On the boys’ side, the Twisters team — which plays Trenton at Dyersburg today for the 14A-AA North Division crown — has Russ Smith and Jacob Triplett with a bye into the quarterfinals.
Smith and Triplett’s opposition will be determined on Saturday during first round play.
Additionally, Alex O’Neill and John Harpole will battle Dyersburg’s Jack McGrail and Bentonio.
Obion Central also has one boys’ doubles team in the tournament as Tyler Wallace and Bradley Randolph team to battle the No. 2 overall seed (Jerry Rogers and Garrett Hinson).
Boys’ singles play has Twister Julio Fuentes as the top overall seed. He will battle Dyersburg’s Josh Williams in the first round. UC’s Alex Pegram also has a first-round match against Halls’ Tommy Wright.
Obion Central’s T.J. Riddle takes to the court in the first round against Halls’ Mason Joyner. OC’s Dallas Mathis battles Nathan Pence in the play-in round.
On the girls’ side, Union City’s Anna Moore and Tara Elam got the No. 1 seed in the 14A-AA doubles tourney. Moore and Elam will battle Westview’s Chantia Brown and Ashley Gross in the opening round.
Meanwhile, Lady Twisters Gracie Frankum and Laura Reed Smith could face Obion Central’s Lindsay Castellaw and Marissa Howard in the first round.
Frankum and Smith must get past the Ripley duo of Hailey and Cross to do so, though.
In girls’ singles play, Lady Rebel Kacee Warren — who suffered a leg injury a little over a week back — could play No. 2 overall seed Rhett Watson in the first round if she is cleared on Friday by doctors.
If Warren is not given the OK to play, OC teammate Rebecca Bloodworth would take her place.
Lady Rebel Shelly Pate also has a play-in match against Covington’s Haley Blaylock.
The winner of that match takes on the victor of a play-in battle pitting Union City’s Jenna Miller against Gibson County’s Bethany Roberson.
Lady Twister Blair Beachum also has a play-in match on Saturday morning. She battles Haywood’s Mary Sharp.

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