Central boys, MTCS girls win first district titles

Central boys, MTCS girls win first district titles


Central boys, MTCS girls win first district titles



Central Magnet’s boys and MTCS’ girls tennis teams reached unfamiliar territory Friday afternoon.

The two programs reached the region team tournament.

Central Magnet, which is now in its fourth year, defeated Merrol Hyde 4-1 in the District 8-A/AA tennis final, and MTCS blanked White House 4-0 in the District 9-A/AA tennis final. Both reached their respective region tournaments with the win.

“We got to the district finals my sophomore and junior years and lost two tight matches,” said Mason Grear, Central Magnet’s No. 1 player. “It means a lot to get here. Our team finally performed when it needed to. Everyone played solid. It was a great match.”

Grear quickly won his match 6-0, 6-0 over Neil Shimer. Teammate Austin Yoders won 6-4, 7-6 over Braxton Lang at No. 2 singles. Greyson Gore defeated Tim Coca 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. And Angus Stewart won 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 at No. 5 singles to wrap up the match.

Merrol Hyde’s Andrew Scott defeated Cole Kelley 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3 singles for the Hawks.

Central Magnet will play Hume-Fogg at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Region 5-A/AA tournament in Nashville.

The Lady Cougars defeated White House twice in the regular season. They showed a little overconfidence on the courts despite their earlier season wins.

“We tried to come in here and stay focused,” said Chandler Adams, an MTCS senior. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t get too overconfident because of what we’ve done earlier.”

Freshman Sarah Brackin remained unbeaten in singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sydney Hill at No. 1 singles. Chandler Adams won 6-4, 6-0 over Taylor Elwick at No. 2 singles, Jenna Hixson won 6-2, 6-1 over Hannah Haw at No. 4 singles. And Cammie Adams won 7-5, 6-3 over Amelia Headrick at No. 5 singles.

“I knew we were going to be pretty strong,” MTCS coach Lawrence Goodwyn said. “We had a couple of seniors that had been playing and Sarah (Brackin) coming on. I didn’t have any idea what our district was like because it’s our first year with Greenbrier and White House.”

District 7-AAA individual tournament

Defending District 7-AAA singles champion Taylor Graalman got a quick wake-up in the 7-AAA singles final. Graalman, a Siegel junior, defeated La Vergne’s Omar Barajas 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

“He played amazing in the first set,” said Graalman of Barajas’ play. “I got up 5-2 and couldn’t hold the lead.”

Both Graalman and Barajas will advance to the Region 4-AAA singles tournament.

Teammate Marissa Kovach defeated Blackman’s Aya Melhem 6-0, 6-1 for her first singles title. Kovach teamed up with former Siegel standout Ashlee Boles and won the Class AAA state doubles title last year. But Kovach elected to play singles in the postseason this year.

“It’s very different than singles,” Kovach said of doubles. “You have to rely on yourself on singles. You are by yourself.”

Riverdale’s Taylor Nelson and Amber Puckett defeated Siegel’s Lexie Greene and Katie White 6-4, 6-2. Nelson won the 7-AAA singles title a year ago and went on to the state tournament.

“We worked hard to get here,” said Nelson, who has played with Puckett in doubles the past two seasons. “We really communicate well.

“I went to state last year (in singles), so I wanted to try doubles this year.”

Siegel’s Michael Jacobs and Chadwick Daugherty defeated Riverdale’s Drake Parker and Manaf Alkaissi 6-3, 6-2 for the doubles title.

“This is big for me because I’m a senior and I chose to play doubles this year,” Jacobs said. “I lost in the district finals in singles last year. I wanted to go out with a bang this year.”


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