Greenfield title is worth the wait
Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:02 am
It took a while – over three hours — and many parents and supporters had to wait it out but Greenfield edged Trenton 4-3 to win its second-ever Region 7A-AA team tennis championship
at Bethel University on Tuesday.
The Lady Yellowjackets got the necessary four points by winning the 2-4 singles matches and the top doubles battle.
With the win, Greenfield —which made it to the state tournament last year, but lost four of its top five seeds to graduation — advances to the sectional team match to be played at some point next week.
The opponent and date of the team sectional match was not known at press time.
“We knew that Trenton would be a very tough match,” Greenfield tennis coach Bill McCall said. “All five of their top seeds are seniors who have a lot of experience, plus they are very well-coached. We were very fortunate to win.
“We were not expecting to go this far this season after losing four great players
to graduation last season, but this team just plays its heart out every match. They have matured fast this season and they don’t give up.”
In the No. 1 singles battle, Lady Yellowjacket Emily Allen fell to Hallie Norman in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
Lady Jacket second seed Taylor Hatcher had to come from behind to beat Rachel Taylor (1-6, 7-5, 6-4.)
“That was one of the biggest matches of the match,” McCall said. “Taylor was down a set in the second before she came back and won in three. Her comeback win took a lot of heart and was a shot of confidence to our team.
“It gave us a 3-2 lead going into doubles.”
Greenfield third seed Kendal Cook, also played a three-setter and beat Shayla Smith (6-4, 2-6, 6-2.)
In the battle of No. 4 seeds, G’field’s Kaylee Kesterson took care of Morgan Esdale in straight sets with a 6-1 score in each.
Fifth-seeded Lady Yellowjacket Callie Croom fell to Madison Maitland (6-3, 7-5.)
Doubles action had Allen and Kesterson besting Norman and Taylor 8-4.
Hatcher and Cook lost to Smith and Maitland 8-3.
Members of the Greenfield squad also battled for the Region 7A-AA Individuals Tournament title on Wednesday at UT Martin.
Allen gave a valiant effort, but came up short in her quest to become the 7A-AA individual champ.
She defeated Covington’s Rhett Watson in straight sets (6-1, 6-1) in the 7A-AA semifinals, but fell to Trenton’s Hallie Norman in the title round.
Additionally, the Lady Yellowjacket duo of Kesterson and Cook gave the eventual region championship
duo all they could handle in the first set.
Kesterson and Cook took Union City’s Anna Moore and Tara Elam to the limit in the first set before falling 7-6 (7-0 tiebreaker.) The UC duo won the second set via a 6-0 margin to claim the crown.