2015-03-12 / Sports

Young tennis teams improving, finding ways to win

The 2015 Washington-Wilkes Tiger tennis teams, boys and girls, are starting to find more wins as they met the Thomson High School Bulldogs last week. With four rookies on the team of seven boys and seven rookies of 11 girls this year, those boys competed in their first high school matches just two weeks ago against Lincoln County.

Girls won both at home on Wednesday and away on Friday in the season’s third match-up. On Wednesday, March 4, first singles Hope Ward defeated Shea Walker 8-2, while second singles Ashlyn Holley defeated Leah Ivey 8-0. Third singles Lyka Mora took Katie Row 8-3. First doubles Kareema Wingfield and Sharae Reid beat Luci Penna and Jennah Locklear 8-1 while second doubles Calley Ryll and Destiny Favors beat TeaElla Williams and Jasmine Brown 8-2. Alternate doubles ZaKia Booker and Megan Ramos defeated Tiffany Bland and Shanika Dix 7-1

On Friday in Thomson, first singles Hope Ward defeated Shea Walker 8-3, while second singles Ashlyn Holley defeated Leah Ivey 8-4 to lead the way. First doubles Kareema Wingfield and Sharae Reid beat Luci Penna and Jennah Locklear 8-4 while second doubles Calley Ryll and Destiny Favors beat TeaElla Williams and Jasmine Brown 8-3. Alternate doubles Erin McAvoy and Lindsey Moore were 8-1 in a final match.

The Wednesday home match saw the boys win one but lose four. First doubles Brannon James and Jarius Ferrell beat Trace Henry and Devin Roberts 8-6 in the boys’ first win, but second doubles Thomas Burriss and Quarterez Williams lost to Isaiah Evans and Tre Brinkley 2-8. First singles Ethan Holton lost to Greg Royal 4-8, second singles Avery Hall lost to Bryce Greene 2-8, and third singles Connor Ryll lost to Davise Angevine 4-8 in the other matches.

On Friday in Thomson, the pattern was the same. First doubles Brannon James and Jarius Ferrell started off with a win over Will Roberts and Isaiah Evan 8-2 in the boys’ only win, but second doubles Thomas Burriss and Quarterez Williams lost to Devin Roberts and Trace Henry 4-8. First singles Ethan Holton lost to Greg Royal 3-8, second singles Avery Hall lost to Davise Angevine 4-8, and third singles Connor Ryll lost to Tre Brinkley 1-8 in the other matches.

Head Coach Belle Guin said both teams played well. “I’m proud of all 18 of my players,” she said. “They work hard and improve daily.”

Matches this week will see start of region play with the Tigers hosting Rabun County on Tuesday.

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