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UC again advances girls’ pair to Fling

UC again advances girls’ pair to Fling
UC again advances girls’ pair to Fling | UC again advances girls’ pair to Fling
Two Union City tennis players are heading to Murfreesboro.
They hope to take the rest of their teammates with them.
The girls’ doubles team of Anna Moore and Maddie King won the Region 7A-AA girls’ doubles tournament championship Monday afternoon at the Union City Courts adjacent to the middle school to punch their ticket to the Class A-AA State Tournament next week in Murfreesboro as part of the Spring Fling.
If all goes well Thursday in Jackson, that duo could be joined by three other team members on the journey to the state’s mid-section.
The Lady Tornadoes, unbeaten in 16 team matches this season with wins in 109 of their 112 singles and doubles matches, will travel to Jackson to take on Trinity Christian Academy on Thursday in the team sectional round. The match is set for 4 p.m. at Conger Park
A win there would send UC’s top five players to the state team tournament.
UC, without the services of Moore, defeated TCA 5-2 in the opening match of the season back in late March.
Moore and King are headed to The ’Boro regardless.
The tandem, which won the District 14A-AA title last week in Martin, rolled to a pair of straight-set wins on Monday.
Moore and King knocked out Kalee Kesterson and Kendal Cook of Greenfield 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinal match and then defeated UC teammates Tara Elam and Jenna Miller 6-4, 6-1 in the championship match.
For Moore, the two wins Monday give her back-to-back state tournament trips. She teamed with Elam to win the regional title last year.
Elam and Miller earned their spot in the finals with a straight-set victory of their own, winning 6-1, 6-3 over Mary Joe Stinson and Emmy Merrit of Milan.
Union City’s other doubles entrant in the regional lost in straight sets in the semifinal round, Jacob Triplett and Devin King unable to win a game in a 6-0, 6-0 setback to eventual boys’ doubles region champions Michael Jaeger and Barrett Phelps of Huntingdon.
The Mustang duo then topped Mason Joyner and Garrett Gooch of Halls 6-1, 6-1. Joyner and Gooch knocked out Huntingdon’s other pair, Austin Sampsen and John Harden 6-1, 6-1.
The only match not decided in straight sets came in the boys’ singles bracket, where K.C. Miller of Huntingdon won a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 decision over Drew Butler of Trenton.
Miller then lost to Ripley’s James Vaughn 6-0, 6-4 in the title match. Vaughn won 6-2, 6-3 over Matt Wassman of Camden in the semifinals.
In another battle of teammates, Mary C. Sharpe of Haywood won the girls’ singles crown over Amy Davis 6-1, 6-0.
Sharpe beat Haley Hays of Camden 6-1, 6-4, while Davis topped Taylor Hatcher of Greenfield 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals.
The TSSAA state championships will be decided over four days, matches to be played at Old Fort Park.
The team semifinals will be May 22, and the finals will follow on the 23rd. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds in singles and doubles play will be May 24, with the championship matches set for the following day. Published in The Messenger 5.15.12