No tennis individual region berths

by | May 3, 2012 12:00 am

Semifinal berths. WCHS had three advance to the semifinals of the District 6AAA tournament including Crockett Sewell (above).

Intense action. Jonathan Griffin serves while doubles teammate, Caleb Winton, awaits the return during the 6AAA tournament.

White County High School had three representatives make appearances in the District 6AAA tennis tournament semifinals, but none were able to advance on to the finals and missed out on berths to the region.
The individual portion of the 6AAA tennis tournament took place Monday and Tuesday at Cookeville High School. Each school in the district could have two participants in doubles and singles for both boys and girls.
WCHS put a doubles teams in the semifinals in both boys and girls and also had an individual advance to the singles semifinals, but it all came to an end there for each.
Crockett Sewell, a junior, was looking to try and make it two trips in a row to the region, but came up one win short.
Sewell opened play Monday with a pair of quick wins in his first two matches. He defeated Matt Johnson from Coffee County in his opener and then rolled to a pair of 6-0 wins over Cookeville’s Austin Hill in the next round earning a spot in the semifinals.
In Tuesday’s semifinal match, Sewell was matched up against the top singles seed, Lee Presser, from Cumberland County. Pressor won the match and a trip to the region.
The doubles team of Jonathan Griffin and Caleb Winton also advanced to the semifinals. They opened with a dominating win over Patton/Elam from Coffee County and followed that with a quarterfinal win over Tran/Crawford from Cumberland County. They, however, were matched up against the second seeded tandem of Locke/Grissom from Warren County in the semifinals and were eliminated (6-3, 6-3).
The other semifinal participant for WCHS was the girls’ doubles duo of Hailey Roberts and Lacee Hitchcock. The Sparta duo took Moore/Wilder (Coffee County) to a third set and picked up the opening round win. They then defeated Oxley/Kiser (Warren) in the quarterfinals advancing to Tuesday’s semifinals. They were defeated by Lloyd/Little (Cookeville), the top seed.
In other individual action, Jinya Brown was defeated by Cooekville’s Carly Roland (6-1, 6-1) in her opening singles match. Also competing in singles was Austin Holman, who suffered a loss to Bryce Caten (Warren) in his opening match.
The doubles team of Dylan Pryor and Conner Hale suffered an opening match loss to Ivey-Bodamn/Kirby (Coffee). In girls’ doubles, Sarah Ward and Cassidy Bumbalough were defeated by Ramirez/Yago (Warren) in their opening match.
WCHS still has a shot at region berths as a team. The Warriors and Warriorettes will both compete in the team portion of the District 6AAA tournament beginning Thursday back at Cookeville High School.
The Warriors will take on Cookeville at 2 p.m. The two finished tied with Warren County for the top spot, but the Pioneers captured the tiebreaker leaving the other two to face off in the semifinals.
The Warriorettes finished third and will take on second seeded, Warren County. That match will also be at 2 p.m.

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