WCHS tennis teams go 2-1 in Big Bang Tourney

By | April 25, 2012 12:00 am

Watching it hit the racquet. Connor Hale, a member of the Warrior tennis team, watches the ball come off the racquet during a recent WCHS tennis match. Both the Warriors and Warriorettes will be competing in the District 6AAA tournament next week at Cookeville High School.

The White County High School tennis teams traveled to Chattanooga over the weekend to compete in the Big Bang Tournament.
Both the Warriors and Warriors won two and lost one of their matches. The Warriors just missed out on a first place finish in the event with the loss in their final match.
Both teams picked up wins over East Ridge on Thursday. The Warriors won their match 9-0 while the Warriorettes were victorious 8-1.
Boys’ singles scores
1. Crockett Sewell won 7-0
2. Jonathan Griffin won 7-2
3. Caleb Winton won 7-1
4 Austin Holman won 7-0
5. Chris Swindell won 7-0
6. Greg Butcher won 7-1
Boys’ doubles
1. Griffin/Winton won 7-2
2. Sewell/Holman won 7-0
3. Butcher/Connor Hale won 7-3
Girls’ singles
1. Jinya Brown won 7-1
2. Sarah Ward won 7-3
3. Lacee Hitchcock won 7-1
4. Hailey Roberts won 7-2
5. Shea Harris won 7-0
6. Emily West won 7-0
Girls’ doubles
1. Brown/West lost 2-7
2. Hitchcock/Roberts won 7-1
3. Ward/Harris won 7-0
Friday’s action began with the Warriorettes suffering a 7-2 loss to Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.
Jinya Brown, in her best showing of the year, picked up the 7-5 victory playing in the number one spot.
Coach Nicole Delaney commented, “I was really proud of the way that Jinya displayed her experience and maturity. She stayed in control of the match the whole time.”
Sarah Ward, a freshman, played the number two spot and lost a tough tiebreaker 6-7 (2-7). Lacee Hitchcock dropped another tough match at number three (5-7). Hailey Roberts was defeated 3-7 in the fourth spot. At five and six respectively, Shea Harris (5-7) and Emily West (0-7) were defeated.
The lone win in doubles came from the freshman duo of Harris/Ward at the three spot with the 8-6 victory. In other doubles action, Roberts/Hitchcock dropped a 5-7 match and Brown/West were defeated 3-7.
According to Delaney, “The girls had a great showing against a team with a history of district championships. I felt they played right with those girls and that indicates great things for the future of WCHS tennis.”
The Warriors followed with a 6-3 win over host team, Soddy Daisy.
Despite playing very well, Crockett Sewell lost a tough 6-8 match in the number one spot. Jonathan Griffin came through with a 7-6 (7-3) tiebreak win. At the three and four spots, Winton and Holman both breezed to 7-2 wins. Chris Swindell was defeated 4-7 in the fifth spot. Greg Butcher wrapped up singles with a 7-5 win.
The Warriors won two of the three doubles matches. Griffin/Winton took an 8-6 victory followed by Sewell/Holman with a 7-2 win in the two spot. Hale/Butcher suffered a 5-7 loss in the third doubles position.
A win in their third match would have given the Warriors first in the tournament due to the number of team wins, but WCHS ran into a very tough Christian Heritage team and was defeated 1-8.
The lone win came from the doubles team of Sewell/Holman at the second spot, who captured the 7-3 victory.
Singles
1. Sewell lost 3-7
2. Griffin lost 3-7
3. Winton lost 5-7
4. Holman lost 2-7
5. Swindell lost 3-7
6. Butcher lost 2-7
Doubles
1. Griffin/Winton lost 1-7
3. Swindell/Butcher lost 5-7
The Warriorettes ended their night with a big 6-3 win over Sequatchie County.
Jinya Brown was defeated 1-7 by a very tough number one played. Lacee Hitchcock finished off a solid tournament breezing to the 7-0 victory at the number two spot. Sarah Ward followed with a 7-5 win at number three. Hailey Roberts captured the 7-5 win in the four spot. Shea Harris dropped a 5-7 decision at number five. Emily West picked up her first victory with a 7-5 win in the sixth spot.
The Warriorettes won two of three doubles matches. Hitchcock/Roberts was defeated 4-7 in the top spot. Brown/West picked up a 7-3 at number two and Ward/Harris wrapped up with a 7-2 win in the third spot.
Delaney summarized, “All in all, this was a great tournament in preparation for the upcoming district tournament. The kids played hard and had a great time. I was proud of this team.”
The District 6AAA individual tournament begins Monday with most of the WCHS players beginning action at noon.
Competing in doubles will be Pryor/Hale, Griffin/Winton, Hitchcock/Roberts and Ward/Bumbalough. All those matches will be at noon.
Sewell and Holman will play singles and both their matches will also be at noon. Brown and Jones will play girls’ singles. Brown plays at 1:15 p.m. Jones takes the court at 3 p.m.
The team tournament begins Thursday, May 3rd. The Warriorettes finished third and will take on second place, Warren County, at 2 p.m. The Warriors finished in a three-way tie for first, but Warren County took the top spot. WCHS wound up second, but will take on third place Cookeville, also at 2 p.m.
All district matches will be played at Cookeville High School.

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