Tennis falls in season opener

by | March 14, 2013 12:00 am

The White County high School tennis team wasted little time getting into the meat of their schedule.
They opened the season with a trip to Warren County to take on the defending District 6AAA champion Pioneers. The Warriors were defeated 7-2 and the Warriorettes suffered a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Lady Pioneers.
Coach Nicole Delaney had seven first-time varsity players taking the court for her team Tuesday in the openers.
Warrior top seed, Crockett Sewell, picked up one of the two WCHS wins on the boys’ side of things. It took a tiebreaker for Sewell to take the 9-8 win (10-8). The other win for the Warriors was another tiebreaker in a doubles match. Kent Sapp and Cody Matthews teamed up for the 9-8 (7-3) victory in the #3 doubles match.
Other singles results:
#2 – Ethan James lost 7-9
#3 – Kent Sapp lost 8-9
#4 – Mitchell Lamb lost 4-8
#5 – Greg Butcher lost 7-9
#6 – Cody Matthews lost 6-8
Other doubles results:
#1 – Sewell/James lost 4-8
#2 – Butcher/Lamb lost 4-8
Delaney commented, “I really felt this match could have gone either way. I wish that we could have played this district match later in the year. I was proud of Crockett for keeping his composure and for all our boys for really hanging in there in the matches.”
The WCHS girls picked up two of their wins in the singles portion of their match.
Lacee Hitchcock, playing in the number two slot, took the 8-3 victory in her match. Number four seed, Sarah Ward, came from behind to win 8-5. The other win for the Warriorettes was by the number three seed doubles team of Sarah Ward and Shea Harris, who took the 8-1 victory.
Other singles results:
#1 – Cheyanna Jones lost 0-8
#3 – Megan Holland lost 3-8
#5 – Cassidy Bumbalough lost 3-8
#6 – Shea Harris lost 3-8
Other doubles results:
#1 – Hitchcock/Holland lost 7-9
#2 – Jones/Bumbalough lost 6-8
Delaney added, “Lacee played exceptional in her match over a very experienced player. Sarah did a great job coming from behind. I was so proud of how hard the girls fought in their doubles. Every team is playing together for the first time and they are only going to get better. I am pleased with both our boys and girls. We came up short, but played extremely well with seven brand new varsity players.”
The tennis team returns to action Tuesday at home against Cumberland County in a 4 p.m. match.

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