Wildcat tennis has impressive weekend

From Staff Reports

Mar. 5, 2007 - The Wildcat tennis team had an impressive weekend by beating Paris 7-2 in a district match on Thursday, then bringing home a second-place, third-place and consolation title Saturday from the Robert E. Lee tournament in Tyler.

In Tyler, the boys doubles team of Jacob Harris and Cameron Mitchell won their first three matches to put them into the championship match, but they were beaten there by Duffy/Pask of Lake Highlands, 0-6, 6-7 (3-7) to capture second place.

The other SSHS boys doubles team of Erich Hartin and Kyle Williams lost their first match, then came back to win their last three, including a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jacksonville's Ross/Taylor in the consolation championship.

The mixed doubles of Brant Small and Aly Jackson won their first two matches, lost the third one, then defeated Gray/Tyner of Tyler Lee, 6-3, 6-2 in the third place game.

"This was a great tournament for us in every division," said SSHS head coach Susan Reynolds. "We saw some very diverse competition and the kids really stepped up and played some great tennis. We shook off the cobwebs of not playing a lot the past few weeks, and I believe we're starting the play the type of tennis I know that they can deliver."

She had to revamp the line-up, and said Lauren Longino, Jordan Horne and Robert Stevens all played well in singles competition and are getting better.

Below are the results of the Tyler Lee tournament. SSHS players are listed first:

Girls Doubles

Kendall Smith/Morgan McCormack - first round bye; def. Madulid/Heinrich, Whitehouse, 6-2, 6-4; lost to Aparcio/Ruiz, John Tyler, 2-6, 2-6, in quarterfinals.

Girls Singles

Lauren Longino - lost to Lopez, JT, 2-6, 3-6; def. Townsend, Whitehouse, 8-6; lost to Smith, Lake Highlands, 2-8, in quarterfinals.

Britney Silva - first round bye; lost to Adams, Lake Highlands, 1-6, 2-6.

Mixed Doubles

Brant Small/Aly Jackson - first round bye; def. Seastrunk/Fluke, West Brook, 6-0, 7-5; def. Kirkland/Sosa, JT, 3-6, 1-6; lost to Matthews/Barg, Lake Highlands, 6-2, 6-2; def. Gray/Tyner, Tyler Lee, 6-3, 6-2 for third place.

Zach Adams/Monica Rubio - first round bye; lost to Sanchez/Duran, JT, 3-7, 6-7 (4-7); lost to Wood/Smith, Forney, 2-8.

Boys Singles

Jordan Horne - def. Morris, REL, 6-0, 6-0; lost to Wallace, All Saints, 1-6, 6-7 (3-7).

Robert Stevens - def. Compton, Kilgore, 0-6, 6-1, 10-7; lost to Sexton, Whitehouse, 2-6, 2-6.

Boys Doubles

Erich Hartin/Kyle Williams - lost to Srur/Tyner, REL, 2-6, 2-6; def. Cash/Bonsall, West Brook, 8-5; def. Way/Madding, Kilgore, 8-3; def. Ross/Taylor, Jacksonville, 6-1, 6-2 in consolation championship.

Jacob Harris/Cameron Mitchell - first round bye; def. Flowers/Owuzurumba, All Saints, 6-2, 4-6, 10-4; def. Stone/Reilly, REL, 6-3, 3-6, 10-3; def. McKown/Nutt, Whitehouse, 6-0, 6-3; lost to Duffy/Pask, Lake Highlands, 0-6, 6-7 (3-7).

SSHS 7, Paris 2

The Wildcats won all their singles matches on their way to the District 11-4A win.

"This was a good win for us district-wise," said Reynolds. "We can use these wins to help our seeding for the district tournament. Paris is not an overpowering team, but we god some good matches in."

The winners in the boys singles were Horne and Josh Stoltenberg, and in boys doubles, Hartin/Stevens and Harris/Mitchell.

In girls play, Longino and Britney Silva both won, while Small and Jackson were winners in mixed doubles.

The results from Paris are:

Boys Singles - Jordan Horne def. Murillo, 6-0, 6-0; Josh Stoltenberg def. Sosa, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Boys Doubles - Erich Hartin/Robert Stevens def. Spann/Elliott, 6-2, 6-0; Jacob Harris/Cameron Mitchell def. Bawcum/Williams, 6-0, 6-1.

Girls Singles - Lauren Longino def. Smotherman, 6-0, 6-4; Britney Silva def. Henderson, 7-5, 6-1.

Girls Doubles - Kendall Smith/Morgan McCormack lost to Clifford/Tabongcora, 4-8.

Mixed Doubles - Brant Small/Aly Jackson def. Huggins/Bawcum, 6-0, 6-0; Zach Adams/Monica Rubio lost to Strickland/Spann, 3-6.

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