Union City’s take is doubles berths

Union City’s take is doubles berths
Union City’s take is doubles berths

Union City’s Tara Elam and Anna Moore are all smiles on Wednesday.
Union City’s Anna Moore is finally headed to the Region 7A-AA Tournament.
And she’s taking some friends.
The junior Lady Twister netter, who had fallen just a victory shy of the regional portion of the postseason with a loss in the District 14A-AA Tournament semifinals in each of the past two years as a singles player, teamed with Tara Elam to win a “Final Four” match over Covington’s Conner Guerrant and Molly Griffin (6-3, 6-2).
That said, Moore and Elam won’t be traveling to the regional tournament alone.
A pair of Union City boys will be tagging along as Russ Smith and Jacob Triplett downed Dyersburg’s Franz Eschavez and Hunter Jordan (6-4, 7-5) in the 14A-AA semis to punch their ticket to the Region 7A-AA Tournament, which is slated for sometime next week at a to-be-determined location.
After the semifinal triumphs, both UC duos lost in the 14A-AA title round.
In the girls’ finale, Moore and Elam fell to Halls’ Shelbie Hurt and Molly Houston in straight sets by a 7-5 margin in each instance.
Meanwhile, Smith and Triplett took Trenton’s Garrett Hinson and Jerry Rogers to the limit, splitting the first two sets of the championship match. The Twister tandem lost the first set 6-3, but came back to win the second one by the same margin.
Smith and Triplett were edged 6-4 in the third and deciding set.
The girls’ championship match was close and apparently heated as a line judge had to be called onto the court for the final two games of the second set due to what was perceived as questionable calls by the players.
Whatever the case, first-year Union City coach Elizabeth Mooney was still happy to have a pair of doubles teams to coach into the next round and especially elated that Moore had finally broken the glass ceiling and made it into the regional level.
“I’m so happy for Anna,” Mooney said. “I guess the third time’s the charm and she really deserves to get this far. She’s been a really good player from what I’ve seen the last two seasons and just met some stiff competition.
“I’m glad that both she and Tara gelled the way they did as a doubles team and that we went down that avenue instead of letting the two of them play as singles.”
On the boys’ side, Mooney was impressed with her team’s play after the ever-so-slim defeat.
“It just came down to Trenton making some really good plays,” Mooney said. “I don’t think Jacob could have played any better. My boys fought tooth and nail for the championship.
“I can live with them being the runner-up with that type of effort.”
Both UC duos will face the District 13A-AA Tournament champion on the regional stage. The 13A-AA tourney is slated to begin on Saturday at Bethel University in McKenzie.

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