|No doubles trouble for top Twister duos |
|Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 3:53 pm |
There were no “doubles” troubles for the No. 1 seed Union City teams at the District 14A-AA Individuals Tennis Tournament at UT Martin Saturday.
Union City’s Julio Fuentes flips the scorecard on Saturday.
Lady Twisters Anna Moore and Tara Elam — rated as the top girls’ duo in the 14A-AA tourney — punched a ticket to today’s girls’ semifinal round with a pair of wins on Saturday.
Likewise, the combination of Russ Smith and Jacob Triplett — the top ranked boys’ doubles team for the event — also advanced to the semis.
Moore and Elam are slated to do battle with Covington’s Conner Guerrant and Molly Griffin this afternoon with a berth in the 14A-AA championship round and Region 7A-AA Tournament at stake.
Smith and Triplett do battle with Dyersburg’s Hunter Jordan and Franz Eschavez with like stakes this afternoon.
The 14A-AA championship round was scheduled for this afternoon, but it has been postponed indefinitely according to Westview tennis coach and tournament director Chad Johnson.
“I am proud of all of my players’ performances in this weekend’s district tournament,” said first-year Twister tennis coach Elizabeth Mooney. “I am even more excited about having two teams in the semifinals.
“Out of my two doubles teams in the semifinals, three of the players are going to be back next year. I have confidence that the next few years are going to be even better.”
Moore and Elam advanced to the semifinals after an 8-2 besting of Ripley’s Halls and Rogers in the quarterfinals. The UC girls’ duo also defeated Westview’s Chantia Brown and Ashley Gross by a like score in the first round.
Triplett and Smith downed Halls’ Marquiston Hall and Devin Castelli 8-3 in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The Union City duo had received a bye through the first round.
In Saturday’s other action, District 14A-AA boys’ No. 1 seed Julio Fuentes — a UC senior — was upset in the opening round 9-8 (7-3 tiebreaker) by Dyersburg’s Josh Williams.
Twister teammate Alex Pegram also lost in the opening round. He was blanked (8-0) by Halls’ Tommy Wright.
Obion Central’s T.J. Riddle lost 8-5 in the first round to Mason Joyner, while Haywood’s Nathan Pence bettered Rebel Dallace Mathis 8-2 in the play-in portion of the event.
“I’m proud of the work the team put in,” rookie OC skipper Terrance Moore said. “The play of Dallas Mathis and Shelly Pate was really encouraging up to this point as both recently took up tennis and they’ve made vast improvements.”
In the boys’ doubles bracket, Central’s Tyler Wallace and Bradley Randolph fell 8-2 to Trenton’s Garrett Hinson and Jerry Rogers in the first round, while Union City’s combination of John Harpole and Ricky Temple was bested by Dyersburg’s Jack McGrail and Mark Betonio by a like margin.
Girls’ singles play saw Obion Central’s Kacee Warren unable to participate as her injured ankle was not up to par. Substitute Rebecca Bloodworth was a no-show, so Covington’s Rhett Watson won via forfeit in the opening round.
In girls’ other girls’ doubles play, Union City’s Gracie Frankum and Laura Reed Smith won 8-5 in the play-in round, but fell to Obion Central’s Marissa Howard and Lindsay Castellaw in the first round.
Howard and Castellaw lost to overall the No. 2 seed (Halls’ Shelbie Hurt and Molly Houston).
Meanwhile, Union City’s Jenna Miller was the lone local to wins a singles match. She was awarded a forfeit win when Gibson County’s Bethany Roberson did not show up.
Miller was edged by Covington’s Haley Blaylock (8-6) in the first round.
Blaylock won in the play-in round, defeating Central’s Shelly Pate 8-1.
Finally, Lady Twister Blair Beachum lost to Haywood’s Mary Sharp 8-1 in the play-in portion of the tourney.