|UC duo fights til end |
|Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:02 am |
|By KENNETH COKER |
Messenger Sports Reporter
MURFREESBORO — Union City’s Anna Moore and Tara Elam took their Trinity Christian Academy opposition to the limit at the TSSAA Class A-AA State Doubles Tennis Tournament on Thursday.
With play getting under way at noon (three hours later than scheduled) due to wet court conditions in the aftermath of rain on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, Elam and Moore — both first-timers at the state tournament — waged war against the Jacksonians.
Ultimately, TCA’s combination of Kaitlyn Haynes and Julea Tignor came away with a victory, although they got all that Moore and Elam had to offer.
The Lady Twister duo fell 6-4 in the first set, but came back to win the second by a like margin.
There was not a traditional third set due to time constraints. Instead, the two teams engaged in a tiebreaker — in place of what would regularly have been a third set.
Trinity Christian bettered Union City 10-4 during that time to gain the win.
“I hate that we didn’t have a regular third set,” first-year Union City skipper Elizabeth Mooney said. “I think we would’ve had a good chance to win if it had been a regular third set because I thought we were wearing them down.”
That said, Mooney was still proud of her doubles team and its competitiveness at the state tournament.
“I think it was a great experience for both girls to get up here and see the level of competition they could face,” she said. “We plan on going to watch some singles matches (Friday), so they know why we focus on doubles.
“There’s so many girls in the private schools up here that do tennis year round and it’s hard for a public school to match up with them in singles. That’s why I thought it’s a good idea to put our top two seeds on a doubles team and see if their could complement each other.”
Moore and Elam did just that this spring en route to a 15-2 record (11-0 in the regular season).
And, the duo is already looking ahead to next spring’s state tournament.
“I’ve got one more year to work at it and I’d like to be in the championship,” said Moore, a senior-to-be in the fall. “I’ve always dreamed of having my picture on the wall (Union City High School’s Hall of Honors) and I’d love to have it there for tennis.”
Likewise, Elam has her eye on next year’s top prize.
“I’m proud to have made it this far as a sophomore and I look forward to playing with Anna again,” therising junior said. “I know we are capable of making it to the championship.”
Mooney agreed, but also challenged her charges.
“I think they have state champion potential,” the Lady Twister skipper said. “Whether or not they reach that potential depends upon what they do in the offseason.
“They need to take lessons and enter as many tournaments as they can to improve and stay sharp on what they already do well, so they’ll be ready to go next spring.”
NOTES: Moore and Elam had ample warm-up time on Thursday as the duo arrived at the Old Fort Park for their match at 8:30. During the time leading up to the first serve, the Lady Twister duo took to the court for about 45 minutes for a practice session with Mooney — who was part of Union City’s Class A-AA runner-up teams in 1999 and 2000 — and her husband-to-be and new UC Middle School Principal Michael Paul Miller. … After the match with Elam and Moore, Haynes and Tignor dropped straight 6-2 sets to Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Kia Batiste and Morgan Arrants.
Published in The Messenger 5.27.11