2013-03-14 / Sports

Tennis teams beat Lincoln, Thomson again

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger tennis teams hosted rematches with its first two opponents of the season and did even better the second time, defeating rivals Lincoln County and Thomson on the home courts.

Leading off the action against the Lincoln Red Devils, the Tiger girls swept their opponents going 5-0 for the match. In singles matches Madison Hall and Peyton Burris won handily 8-3 and 7-3, respectively and Jesse Echols provided the drama but eventually winning 9-8 in a 7-2 tiebreaker. “Jesse had some great points, long ones, in her match,” Head Coach Belle Guin said. “She really played well.”

In doubles matches, Logan Griffin and Hope Ward were 8-1 winners in the first doubles match and Cecelia Walker and Camille Lewis won 8-0 in the second doubles match.

For the boys, the match was another win at 3-2. Christian Keiser swept his opponent in the first singles match but Chandler Pharr faltered (5-8) in the second singles match. After first doubles Fedarian Tatum and Courtney Stripling lost (2-8), Jarius Ferrell and T.J. Dills rebounded in the second doubles match to win 8-3. Standing at 2-2 for the match, Queon Knight played tough in the rain, winning his tiebreaker (7-5) to help secure the match.

A couple of days later, on Thursday, March 7, Thomson’s Bulldogs visited the Tigers and fared no better than they did the previous week. In fact, they did worse.

The Tiger girls once again swept their opponent, beating Thomson 5-0 for the sweep of all matches. The Bulldog girls could barely stay on the court with W-W, winning only two games in six matches. In the first singles match, Hall wore out her opponent (8-1) and set the stage for the remaining matches. Echols was 8-0 in the second singles match and Burriss was also stellar at 8-0 in the third singles match.

Griffin and Ward were 8-0 in the first doubles match while Walker and Lewis were also perfect at 8-0 in the second doubles match. Making the team score 6-0 even though it didn’t officially count was Ashlyn Holley who won her first alternate match 8-1.

Having lost to Thomson 2-3 in their first meeting, the Tiger boys bounced back to return the favor, besting the Bulldogs 3-2 on the home courts.

Keiser led the onslaught off with a convincing win at 8-0 and Pharr followed in right fashion also at 8-0 in the second singles match. Knight went 8-1 in the third singles match to guarantee the Tiger win.

Ferrell and Dills couldn’t stand up to the Thomson first doubles team and fell short at 2-8. The second doubles match had to be forfeited due to an absence, but to make things better, Tatum, playing in an alternate match, beat his opponent 8-3.

“It was another good week for us,” Guin said.

Region matches began this week at home against Jefferson on Tuesday, March 12.

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